Imagine going to high school and instead of sitting at a desk, you take a seat inside a flight simulator rivaling the top systems used to train fighter pilots. STEMulation Learning Systems has brought that reality to life in public schools in Minnesota and Colorado by designing and installing sophisticated flight simulation labs. Featuring Lockheed Martin’s Prepar3D simulation software, the labs contain multiple cockpit types and student-directed air traffic control stations. STEM instruction is literally being taken to new heights within these schools.
The flight sim labs stimulate student’s interest in STEM subjects by harnessing the nearly universal fascination with aviation. The schools are leveraging this interest in aviation by using the simulators as teaching tools for math, physics, science, geography and even meteorology. St. Paul City Council Member Dan Bostrom, a long time backer of innovation in the schools, says “we use aviation as the hook to get kids interested in Science and Math. It has succeeded because parents and administrators have backed the original vision of teacher/aerospace coordinator Jill Wall”. Another key to success is making the flights as realistic as possible. By using accurate flight controls, instruments, cockpits, radio communications and seamless curved visual displays (wrapping around the pilot) students are fully immersed in their flights and “buy in” to the experience.
The results speak for themselves. After experiencing outstanding results with their first flight simulation lab, Saint Paul Public Schools expanded their Aviation Magnet program from a single school to three schools. Students can now remain within the Aerospace learning track all the way from Pre-K through the 12th grade. This “Kindergarten-to-Diploma” Aerospace learning track is the first of its kind in the nation.
Johnson Aerospace & Engineering High School
The flagship flight simulation lab is located deep within Johnson Aerospace & Engineering High School in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Seven flight simulators are matched up with seven Flight Controller Stations. This gives the lab the capacity to engage large groups of students as both pilots and air traffic controllers. Two of the systems are Surround View Flight Simulators (SVFS), which are similar to the $3 million Tactical Operational Flight Trainers (TOFT) used in military flight training. The SVFS features a ten foot diameter seamless spherical screen that wraps around the cockpit, providing a 230 degree horizontal field of view. Five of the machines are Dual Seat Flight Simulators (DSFS). These also feature a seamless curved screen, six feet across and three feet tall. The students, as pilot, co-pilot and flight controller work together to accomplish the assigned tasks during their flight.
Flight Sim Lab teacher Scott Schaffer (a pilot himself) says, “The simulators allow me to put students in real life flight scenarios. The pre-flight briefing students get prior to their flight is camouflaged learning of Physics and Math. The end result is learning physics and math in an effective, practical way.”
More information and videos at www.STEMulationlearning.com.
Flight1 Aviation Technologies has released a new avionics training solution for the Garmin GNS 530 that works with Lockheed Martin® Prepar3D® to help pilots learn to use the GNS 530 and stay proficient.
The G530 Simulator Enterprise Edition features a realistic hardware Navigation Unit mounted in a vertical desktop stand, and software that provides a nearly one-to-one simulation of the GNS 530W.
“The 530 is powerful, but it’s also complex,” says Flight1 Aviation Technologies President Jim Rhoads. “There are a bunch of ‘gotchas’ to be aware of. So after they read the manual, many pilots buy a course or play with a part-task trainer. They become really familiar with the operation of the 530. But courses and part-task trainers don’t allow you to practice using the 530 in the context of actually flying. And that’s a problem.”
By flying with the G530 Simulator Enterprise Edition in the simulated environment generated by Prepar3D, pilots can become comfortable operating the 530’s interface while simultaneously aviating, navigating, and communicating. They can practice using the 530 during VFR and IFR flights between any airports, anywhere in the world, in any season, in any weather conditions, at any time of day or night. They can even learn to use 530 features they might never have the opportunity to explore during a real flight in a real airplane.
“There’s no reason to jump straight into an airplane,” explains Rhoads. “We all know that the cockpit is a poor learning environment for many skills. It’s also an expensive one. The G530 Simulator is much more cost effective, and it’s a much better training tool.”
The G530 Simulator software includes a multi-channel capacity VHF comm radio, a detailed basemap, terrain proximity warnings, Terrain Awareness and Warning System (TAWS) alerting, updateable terrain and navigation databases, a multi-channel ILS/VOR with localizer and glideslope receivers, WAAS navigation capabilities, and integration with simulated autopilots that accept roll-steering commands.
It’s a stand-alone application that can be run on a separate PC connected to the flight simulation via a network. (Most other 530 simulations available for Prepar3D and FSX are derivatives of the default GPS created by Microsoft for entertainment. The few solutions that do offer more realism are add-on gauges that run within the flight simulation—and use up valuable processing power and memory.)
The G530 Simulator Enterprise Edition hardware features a scale replica of the real GNS 530, with a 5.6″ VGA LCD display, fully functional buttons and knobs, adjustable backlighting on each button, and cables to connect it to a PC.
“The industry is moving to touchscreens, but there are still a lot of 530s out there,” concludes Rhoads. “And simulation is the best way for pilots to gain mastery using it. The G530 Simulator Enterprise Edition is the best tool for that job.”
About Flight1 Aviation Technologies
Flight1 Aviation Technologies was launched in 2004 to focus on delivering PC-based simulation solutions to aviation customers. With a unique history that has followed the simulation and training industry’s appropriation of game-based technologies, the company is changing the way pilots train and stay proficient. To learn more about the G530 Simulator Enterprise Edition and other tools for flight training and pilot proficiency, visit www.flight1tech.com.
Flight1 Aviation Technologies in cooperation with the Ground Environment Team has released the award winning Ground Environment scenery product for all versions of Prepar3D. The Ground Environment scenery line has been a staple in Flight Simulation for over 10 years and they are now bringing that experience and knowledge to the Prepar3D simulation world.
Experience Flight1 Scenery Quality and Performance in Prepar3D
Performance and Sight Seeing in One Package:
You can now experience a Flight1 award winning scenery product that changes the entire Prepar3D simulation ground texture and autogen world from pole to pole in one install. Ground Environment Prepar3D (or GEP3D for short) greatly improves the Prepar3D simulation world with detailed texture sets which include a complete set of matching night lighting maps. Autogen has been meticulously placed and done so with reasonable virtual address space (VAS) consumption and overhead in mind. A secure backup is established by the product for easy and quick restore at any time.
From Kabul to Kathmandu, from Cape Town to Anchorage Ground Environment strives to make the world look like the world and not sacrifice one part of it for another.
Keep it Simple – Sandbox Friendly Approach:
Flight1 understands the importance of a free and open sandbox system where everyone should be able to enjoy their freeware and payware scenery products alike. Airport, scenery or photo-scenery products that work with default Prepar3D core control files will work with GEP3D.
Ground Environment Prepar3D does not replace environmental textures such as clouds and water and will not interfere with any environment add-on that may. The GEP3D product does not alter any core control files and will not create conflicts. GEP3D is made to work just like the Prepar3D default texture system so you can be assured that your scenery add-ons will overlay and work with GEP3D the same way the default Prepar3D system allows.
Updates and Improvements:
Regular update cycles are scheduled for the product. Updates for GEP3D will be free of charge for the life of the product. The next update cycle is for Northern Europe and is scheduled to be released in the fall of 2015.
Ground Environment and Ultimate Terrain Landclass/Scenery Products:
Ground Environment is a development partner with Scenery Solutions and their Ultimate Terrain series. The Ultimate Terrain landclass and scenery series is one of the most used and highly rated award winning flight simulation product lines in which they incorporate the highest quality commercial source data for their products. All Ultimate Terrain products have been pre-tested and verified for use with GEP3D. As the Ultimate Terrain developers release and update their products for Prepar3D the Ground Environment team will be there to maintain continuity between the product lines for seamless blending between the two products.
The combination of the latest Ground Environment and Ultimate Terrain products produces one of the highest volume autogen renders with the least virtual address space consumption, something that is critical for the serious simulation user with current render engine limitations. A setup and use guide for UTX and GEP3D is available at the Ground Environment support forum: http://www.simforums.com/Forums/setup-utx-all-versions-update-new-lights-settings_topic46147.html
Ground Environment and 3rd Party Landclass and Vegetation Products:
GEP3D supports all the major and minor freeware and payware landclass products on the market that do not alter landclass texture calls and follow the SDK for Prepar3D. Our suggestions for such products and the regions they cover are listed here: http://www.simforums.com/Forums/landclass-products-suggested-use-with-gex-gep3d_topic50977.html
Sample gallery of Ground Environment Prepar3D World Edition:
• Full day and night texture support for all Ultimate Terrain Prepar3D landclass products
• Enhanced textures to assist in rendering clear visuals as low as 250-500ft
• High volume autogen layout with optimizations for maximum performance
• Worldwide coverage from pole to pole with one texture product install
• Low virtual address space consumption with maximum visual results
• 1m/pixel – 1024×1024 Textures – No excessive resolution to render
• Automated file backup system with smart backup storage
• Automated one click/browse move of backup directory
• Includes all seasons and night lighting environment
• Exceptional cloud shadow and lighting response
• No cost updates for the life of the product
• One click automated update system
• Real time status interface readout
• Quick Enable/Disable on the fly
For more information, view more images or to purchase GEP3D:
The Academic version of GEP3D is available at the Flight1 website or at the Ground Environment support forum (linked below).
Ground Environment Prepar3D is also available for Professional and Enterprise license and support. If you wish to obtain the product for professional pilot training, military, FAA, academy training, or, affiliated with a corporation and require that level of support contact Flight1 Aviation Technologies directly at http://www.flight1tech.com for information regarding Professional and Enterprise licensing, otherwise the Professional and Enterprise license editions are not required.
Ground Environment Support Forum: Click Here for Images and Installation Help
Flight1 GEP3D Web Page: http://www.flight1.com/products.asp?product=gexp3dworld
Showcasing the A2A Simulations – C182 Skylane
A2A Simulations has released the Accu-sim C182 Skylane for Prepar3D.
This product includes both the aircraft and its associated Accu-sim expansion pack.
Exclusive Prepar3D v2 Gallery of the A2A C182 Skylane:
- A true propeller simulation.
- Experience the world’s most popular high performance GA airplane.
- Designed for both professional commercial pilot training and entertainment.
- Immersive pre
- flight inspection system designed by pilots while operating the actual Cessna 182.
- Electric starter with accurate cranking power.
- Dynamic ground physics including both hard pavement and soft grass modeling.
- Primer-only starts are now possible. Accu-Sim monitors the amount of fuel injected and it’s effectiveness to start and run the engine.
- Persistent airplane where systems, corrosion, and temperatures are simulated even when the computer is off.
- Immersive in
- cockpit, physics-driven sound environment from A2A engineered recordings.
- Complete maintenance hangar internal systems and detailed engine tests including compression checks.
- Piston combustion engine modelling. Air comes in, it mixes with fuel and ignites, parts move, heat up, and all work in harmony to produce the wonderful sound of a Lycoming 360 engine. Now the gauges look beneath the skin of your aircraft and show you what Accu-Sim is all about.
- Authentic Bendix King Avionics stack including the KMA 26 Audio Panel, two KX 155A NAV/COMMS, KR 87 ADF, KT 76C Transponder, KN 62A DME, and KAP 140 Two Axis Autopilot with altitude pre-selection.
- Three in-sim avionics configurations including no GPS, GPS 295, or the GNS 400. Built
- in, automatic support for 3rd party GNS 430 and 530 and 650/750 GTN units
- As with every A2A aircraft, it is gorgeously constructed, inside and out, down to the last rivet.
- Designed and built to be flown “By The Book.”
- Visual Real
- Time Load Manager, with the ability to load fuel, people, and baggage in real-time.
- Four naturally animated passengers that can sit in any seat including the pilot’s.
- 3D Lights ‘M’ (built directly into the model).
- Pure3D Instrumentation now with natural 3D appearance with exceptional performance.
- A total audible cockpit and sound engineered by A2A sound professionals.
- In cockpit pilot’s map for handy in
- flight navigation.
- Authentic fuel delivery includes priming and proper mixture behaviour. Mixture can be tuned by the book using the EGT or by ear. It’s your choice.
- All models include A2A specialized materials with authentic metals, plastics, and rubber.
- Airflow, density and its temperature not only affect the way your aircraft flies, but how the internal systems operate.
- Real-world conditions affect system conditions, including engine temperatures.
- Spark plugs can clog and eventually foul if the engine is allowed to idle too low for too long. Throttling up an engine with oil-oaked spark plugs can help clear them out.
- Overheating can cause scoring of cylinder head walls which could ultimately lead to failure if warnings are ignored and overly abused
- Engine, airframe, cockpit panel and individual gauges tremble from the combustion engine.
- Authentic drag from the airframe and flaps
- System failures, including flaps that can independently jam or break based on the actual forces put upon them. If you deploy your flaps at too high a speed, you could find yourself in a very dangerous situation.
- Authentic battery. The battery capacity is based on temperature. The major draw comes from engine starting.
- Oil pressure system is affected by oil viscosity (oil thickness). Oil viscosity is affected by oil temperature. Now when you start the engine, you need to be careful to give the engine time to warm
- Eight commercial aviation sponsors have supported the project including Phillips 66 Aviation, Champion Aerospace, and Knots2u speed modifications.
Product is sold and supported by A2A Simulations. Please contact A2A Simulations for more information!
FlightSimCon 2015 takes place at the New England Air Museum on June 13-14, 2015. This annual North American aviation and flight simulation conference is entering its third year. The conference is all about promoting and expanding the use of at-home flight simulation, using platforms like Prepar3D.
For existing flight simulator users, the conference is a chance to explore other users’ setups, interact with vendors, attend seminars on improving simulator performance, and speak with flight simulation personalities. FlightSimCon will also introduce pilots to the world of flight simulation, with interactive how-to seminars on setting up a first flight simulator.
Attendees of FlightSimCon can:
- Interact with aviation and P3D exhibitors such as Jetline Systems as well as online communities like Boston Virtual ATC, IVAO, and VATSIM
- Participate in a free draw to win door prizes donated by Wilco Publishing and Just Planes
- Attend ‘how-to’ seminars on setting up or improving your at-home setup
- Meet popular YouTube personality “Frooglesim”, who will be speaking at the event
- Hear from recreational and airline pilots about flight training, career planning, and pilot life
- Fly a full-size Cessna 172 “sim-pit” and check out other home cockpit setups displayed by the Demonstration Team
- Explore the 5-hangar New England Air Museum (admission is included in conference registration)
FlightSimCon is proud to have an exciting list of exhibitors and speakers already confirmed for the 2015 conference, with more being added every week. Speakers at the event include current and retired airline pilots, the Dean of the School of Aviation Science at Daniel Webster College, popular YouTube personality “Frooglesim”, flight instructors, home cockpit enthusiasts, and leaders from online flight simulation communities.
“I was surprised by the structure and extent of activities at the conference,” said Stephen Ablonczy, first-time attendee of FlightSimCon. “With interesting speakers, cool exhibitors, and lots of opportunity to try out different simulators and add-ons, there was definitely always something to do! I’m already making plans to return this year.”
Conference registration is open now. Full access to this 2-day conference is just $60, which includes admission to the New England Air Museum. The Museum is the largest aviation museum in New England, with over 70 aircraft that cover all eras of aviation on display.
For more information and to register, visit www.flightsimcon.com. You can also visit FlightSimCon on Facebook or follow them on Twitter for updates on new exhibitors and speakers as the date approaches.