Today's Flight Simulation Technology

Simulation technology is on the rise, with nowhere to go but up.

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Senior Editor Stephen Pope recently took a closer look at the latest advancements in flight simulation technology. Here's what he found, in pictures. For more, check out our feature, "Simulating Reality."
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Fidelity Flight Simulation’s King Air C90 flight training device features Laminar Research flight modeling that mimics the turboprop’s handling. For more, check out our feature, "Simulating Reality."
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Redbird Flight Simulations’ FMX devices are designed to simulate a variety of airplanes. For more, check out our feature, "Simulating Reality."
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The adoption of electric motion technology is bringing six-degree-of-freedom devices down to general aviation. For more, check out our feature, "Simulating Reality."
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Redbird’s FMX simulator is also available with simulated ATC. For more, check out our feature, "Simulating Reality."
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FLYIT Simulations are approved for 7.5 hours of VFR hover training. For more, check out our feature, "Simulating Reality."
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FAA rules allow 25 hours toward an airline transport pilot certificate in approved simulators and 50 hours toward the commercial certificate. For more, check out our feature, "Simulating Reality."
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You can even complete certain elements of your commercial or ATP check ride in a simulator. For more, check out our feature, "Simulating Reality."
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But perhaps in an acknowledgment that simulators aren’t really intended to teach a new pilot how to fly, the FAA allows only 2.5 hours of sim time to count toward the private certificate. For more, check out our feature, "Simulating Reality."
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Many flight schools charge only between $50 and $100 for hourly time in an FTD. For more, check out our feature, "Simulating Reality."
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Recent changes suggests that the revolution in simulator technology and its widespread adoption have nowhere to go but up. For more, check out our feature, "Simulating Reality."