Why Pilot Training Programs Need Inertial Simulators


Pilot trainees go through intensive multi-day course of simulator training. The aviation industry, along with pilot training institutions, recognizes simulation training as essential to flight safety. The simulation can help future pilots gain the knowledge they need in the cockpit.

But how can Inertial Navigation System (INS) simulation help would-be pilots train in actual flights?

Better Training Exercises

Recreating the conditions of a real flight could help pilot trainees. Inertial simulators can create the exact artificial computational environment. INS simulation will help them test some aeronautical areas, which include navigation and flight dynamics.

Simulator training is a necessary process for the skill set of pilots. It’s a scenario-based training that can help them exercise the knowledge and skills they will need to be truly safe in the cockpit. Of course, pilot trainees need more than simulation training, but the latter is more of a new learning process.

Even the U.S. Armed Forces Reserve prioritizes the need for simulation. In the experimental program “Pilot Training Next,” the course heavily involves virtual reality and artificial intelligence tools. Students spend less time in the cockpit and more time in front of the screens.

An inertial simulator can help commercial and military pilot trainees practice the stability and control of an aircraft. The simulation has high-fidelity sensor error models, which will allow trainers to add errors into the inertial measurement unit (IMU) metrics for more structural deformation.

Avoiding Aerodynamics Errors

Inertial simulation will train pilots in controlling the aircraft relatively near the ground, during approach, landing, takeoff, initial departure, and in the vicinity of a particular airport. But the question now is: can pilot trainees become more familiar with high-altitude aerodynamic concepts with INS simulation?

In October 2004, a particular loss-of-control accident occurred. The pilots of Pinnacle Airlines Flight 3701 tried to force the Bombardier CRJ200 they were then ferrying up to 41,000 feet. Both engines lost power when they stalled the aircraft. Instead of altitude, the pilots went for speed, resulting in a fiery crash in Missouri. Both pilots in that flight didn’t make it.

According to an Aviation Week report, the pilots were unaware of the risks of their action and lacked knowledge in high-altitude aerodynamics concepts. The report went to note that even with the need for extensive high-altitude training, pilots, for commercial flights in particular do not have sufficient knowledge.

Pilot training institutions can impose upset training with INS simulation. The inertial simulator gives trainers the option to recreate some of the leading causes of loss-of-control fatal accidents, such as flight control malfunctions, spatial disorientation, and wake turbulence.

There are many variations of aerodynamics that an INS simulator can accommodate. Training future pilots for loss-of-control fatal accidents would be more effective with a powerful test platform.

The Inertial Simulator Every Pilot Needs

We are one of the leading innovators in the field of INS simulation. We live up to the expectations of the industry with our CAST-4000. It makes all inertial simulations better by generating GPS RF signals to simulate loosely or tightly coupled navigation systems.

Six degrees of freedom motion generation and post-processing capabilities are possible with our CAST-4000. This system’s performance is compliant with ICDGPS-215/150.

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November 15, 2018