Aircrew Training Systems is inviting qualified pilots to participate in a research project to evaluate the company’s GYROLAB GL-4000 simulator for upset recovery training and research.
The focus group will fly in the GL-4000 flight simulator installed at the company’s subsidiary, the National Aerospace Training and Research (NASTAR) Center’s test facility. Information on how to register can be found here.
Due to the increasing automation of aircraft, pilots have become increasingly dependent upon automated systems and do not have the opportunity to regularly practice and develop the airmanship skills necessary to recover from out of the normal flight envelope conditions, according to company officials. The GL-4000 provides “stick time” and 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. This enables pilots to better understand how it feels to be disoriented and prepares them for the potential upset in an actual flight, company officials said.
The GL- 4000 flight simulator has a 10 foot planetary arm and an electro mechanical motion drive system and provides 360? of continuous rotation in 4 axes of motion: Planetary, Yaw, Roll, and Pitch. The electro mechanical motion drive system supports the generation of G forces with a maximum G level of 4 G’s at mean onset rates of up to 1 G/second. This motion profile stresses the pilot just as he would be stressed while flying the real aircraft.