New Navy flight simulator introduced

July 21, 2011 at 2:32 PM
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SOUTHAMPTON, Pa., July 21 (UPI) -- A new simulator to support upset recovery training has been introduced by Aircrew Training Systems of Pennsylvania, an Environmental Tectonics Corp. unit.

ETC is inviting qualified pilots to be a part of a select group of aviation professionals to participate in a research project to evaluate all aspects of the GL-4000 simulator for upset recovery training and research.

The group will fly in the GL-4000 flight simulator installed at its subsidiary, the National Aerospace Training and Research Center's test facility through August.

Due to the increasing automation of commercial aircraft, pilots have become increasingly dependent upon automated systems and don't have the opportunity to regularly practice and develop the skills necessary to recover from out of the normal flight envelop conditions, the company said.

The GL-4000 provides "stick time" and valuable hands on experience to pilots, useful when the autopilot turns off during a flight.

By using G-Pointing, the GL-4000 puts the pilots under the same physiological effects they feel while actually flying an aircraft to better understand how it feels to be disoriented and prepares them for the potential upset in an actual flight.

The GL-4000 flight simulator has a 10-foot planetary arm and an electro mechanical motion drive system and provides 360 degrees of continuous rotation in four axes of motion: planetary, yaw, roll and pitch.

The electro mechanical motion drive system supports the generation of gravitational forces with a maximum G level of 4Gs at mean onset rates of up to 1 G/second.

ETC's Aircrew Training Systems division markets the GL-4000 flight simulator worldwide. The GL-4000 cockpit can be configured for any international aircraft, commercial or military with an adapted aeromodel.

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