SimCom Training Centers, headquartered in Orlando, Florida, has enhanced its fleet of turboprop and piston-powered aircraft simulators. Improvements to the visual systems in these devices give pilots a more realistic view of the outside world, company officials said, noting WAAS capable GPS installations give pilots the ability to learn and practice advanced instrument approach procedures using this technology.
“Our new visual display systems place our simulator customers in the middle of the action,” says Tom Evans, Orlando Training Center Manager. “Our turboprop and piston training customers now see very realistic scenery that rivals the view from our most advanced jet simulators. Using high resolution satellite imagery, the new visual displays also provide for a worldwide choice of recognizable terrain from which to operate. Our instructors can select weather conditions for all operating environments from VFR to IFR with thunderstorms, fog, rain, snow and icing conditions. We’ve had several pilots on the edge of their seats until they are safely on the simulated runway.”
In addition to improvements to the outside visual displays, recent avionics upgrades include the installation of Garmin 530 or 430 GPS/WAAS in most of SimCom’s piston and turboprop devices. WAAS, or Wide Area Augmentation System, provides pilots with GPS-derived vertical guidance, enabling precision approaches to smaller airports in adverse weather without ground based precision approach equipment installed. The installation of WAAS capability in SimCom’s turboprop and piston-powered simulator fleet enables pilots to train for and understand GPS/WAAS procedures and how to best benefit from this technology.
SimCom’s visual-motion flight training devices with the upgraded visuals displays and WAAS capability include the Twin Commander, Twin Cessna 300/400 series, Baron 55/58 series, Navajo/Chieftain, Piper Meridian/Matrix/Mirage, JetPROP DLX, Pilatus Series 9, 10 and NG series, Piper Cheyenne series, Mitsubishi MU-2 series, Turbo Commander, King Air 90/100/200/300/350 and TBM 700/850.
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