Commenced in January 2007
Frequency: Monthly
Edition: International
Paper Count: 32451
Development of a Novel Low-Cost Flight Simulator for Pilot Training

Authors: Hongbin Gu, Dongsu Wu, Hui Liu


A novel low-cost flight simulator with the development goals cost effectiveness and high performance has been realized for meeting the huge pilot training needs of airlines. The simulator consists of an aircraft dynamics model, a sophisticated designed low-profile electrical driven motion system with a subsided cabin, a mixed reality based semi-virtual cockpit system, a control loading system and some other subsystems. It shows its advantages over traditional flight simulator by its features achieved with open architecture, software solutions and low-cost hardware.

Keywords: Flight simulator, mixed reality, motion system, control loading system.

Digital Object Identifier (DOI):

Procedia APA BibTeX Chicago EndNote Harvard JSON MLA RIS XML ISO 690 PDF Downloads 2815


[1] L. Thomas, B. Edward and B. C. Judith, "Initiative towards more affordable flight simulators for U.S. commuter airline training," Proc. Royal Aeronautical Society Conf. on Training, Lowering the Cost, Maintaining the Fidelity, 1996, pp. 2.1-2.17.
[2] F. Holzapfel, I. Sturhan and G. Sachs, "Pilot-in-the-loop flight simulation - a low-cost approach, " AIAA Modeling and Simulation Technologies Conference and Exhibit, 2004.
[3] R. S. Burns, M. M. Duquette, J. B. Howerton and R. J. Simko, "Develop of a low-cost simulator for demonstration and engineer training, " AIAA Modeling and Simulation Technologies Conference and Exhibit, 2003.
[4] N. D. Macchiarella, T. Brady and P. K. Arban, "High fidelity flight training devices in the training of ab initio flight strudents, " IEEE Digital Avionics Systems Conference, 2005.
[5] H. Tamura, H. Yamamoto and A. Katayama, "Mixed reality: future dreams seen at the border between real and virtual worlds, " IEEE Computer Graphics and Applications, 2001, pp.64-70.
[6] M. Baarspul, "A review of flight simulation techniques," Prog. Aerospace Sci., vol.27, pp.1-120, 1990.
[7] J. Berndt, "JSBSim: an open source flight dynamics model in C++, " AIAA Modeling and Simulation Technologies Conference and Exhibit, 2004.
[8] B. C. Judith, N. S. Nancy and L. Thomas, "Simulator platform motion - the need revisited," The International Journal of Aviation Psychology, vol. 8, no. 3, pp. 293-317, 1998.
[9] M. A. Nahon and L. D. Reid, "Simulator motion-drive algorithms - a designer-s perspective," Journal of Guidance, Control and Dynamics, vol. 13, no. 2, pp.356-362, 1990.
[10] J. M. Rolfe and K. J. Staples, Flight Simulation. Cambridge University Press, 1988.