SEATTLE — one-G simulation has received FAA approval for the Tarbes7, a platform based on the Socata TBM line of high performance aircraft.
Like the Advanced Aviation Training Devices (AATDs) one-G has created in the past, the Tarbes7 replicates the flight characteristics, instrumentation, and cockpit ergonomics of a specific aircraft, in this case the Socata TBM.
“The Socata TBM700 and TBM850 have become highly coveted aircraft for both business travel and pleasure,” says Xylon Saltzman, CEO of one-G simulation. “With the rise in performance of new general aviation aircraft like the Socata, we’ve seen an increase in the utility of those aircraft, and clearly pilot training should parallel this rise.”
“You can practice scenarios and emergency procedures in our simulator that you simply would never perform in the real aircraft,” he says. “This is about training pilots to make informed decisions. This is about saving lives.”
With that in mind, his team designed the simulator to allow pilots to practice particular missions before flying them, experience geographical and meteorological extremes from the ground, and run through possible emergency scenarios.
Beyond offering pilots a safe platform for training, with FAA approval of ATTDs, one-G saves pilots money and helps the environment at the same time, Saltzman points out. “Pilots can perform a substantial amount of their required and optional training hours without leaving the ground, and do so in an efficient and cost effective manner,” he says.
The Tarbes7 is available for pre-order now, with official production beginning Nov. 3. Test flights are available at Saltzman’s Seattle-based flight school, modernPilot.