Australian Lightwing’s fascination with flight simulation goes back to the early 80’s when we dabbled in the manufacture of what turned out to be a fairground ride. It was a capsule that sat eight people and moved in sync with movies that were shown on the screen inside the capsule. This device was trailer able and could be towed to air shows. The concept being that whilst at air shows it would generate an income.
This worked quite well, however the ‘Reality Simulator’, as we called it, was sold to an Italian entrepreneur in the 90’s. We delivered it and subsequently lost track of the device.
More recently however, an actual flight simulator has been built which runs proprietary flight simulation programs such as ‘X Plane’, ‘FSX’ (Flight Simulator X) or ‘Prepar3D’.
The simulator moves in two dimensions or has two Degrees of Freedom (DOF), as the current flight sim vernacular puts it. The Simulator also features a super wide screen video projector and all in all the result is nothing short of spectacular.
We have yet to go down the CASA certification track to get the simulator approved for flight training but this is unlikely to be a very difficult step.
The reality of the flight simulator is marvellous and it’s certainly more than possible to get a basic grounding in flight training from our system.
Navigation exercises can be carried out, also instrument flying. A GPS is on the screen at all times and quite a wide variety of aircraft can be loaded into the computer and flown from jumbo jets to a simulation our very own ALW SP2000 which we are currently working on.
We plan on installing the first Simulator in our Australian LightWing Showroom at the Ballina airport in the Northern Rivers, NSW, Australia.
(Pictured, The Flight Simulator in the Workshop at Australian LightWing)