At AXIS Flight Training Systems, we are proud to create the most functional and reliable full flight simulators (FFS) available in the market. For us, quality needs to be reflected in every dimension from conception, through design, to materials, to build quality and simulation fidelity.
While today’s engineering relies on both hardware and software, this wasn’t always the case. Back in 1910, when the first ever prototype was produced by the Antoinette company, a ‘simulator’ was little more than two mounted half sections of a barrel – as those of you that read our previous post on The A to Z of AXIS – ‘D’ for Design will know!
Thankfully, we’ve come a long way since then and today, both hardware and software are prioritised equally. Engineering is one of the most important elements of developing a simulator, which is why we build simulators to meet the requirements of our customers, not ours.
We make sure there isn’t a forest of cables by using just a few input / output bus (this is the pathway used for input and output devices to communicate with the computer processer). Also, instead of running multiple computer systems at once, we understand only a couple are required. We have also developed our own control loading system for higher fidelity and lower power consumption.
AXIS uses Linux-based software due to the real-time, heavy-duty industrial application it offers. This makes it perfectly suited to our simulation technology, as FFS require a custom-made OS. Using a specially designed Linux distribution maximises the efficiency of our flight simulators, by eliminating all OS features that aren’t applicable to running or developing flight simulator training software. For aviation training – and pilot training in particular – this reduces the need for software updates and maintenance, maximising uptime, meaning more hours can be spent in the simulator.
The hardware and software that we use at AXIS is modular, so replacements are straightforward. We have programmed our maintenance station information panel to show system status and error sources, so in the event of a fault, these can then be sent via SMS – allowing us to provide 24/7 support.
Since 2004, we have been creating, building and engineering FFS with the help from of our experienced hardware and software engineers. Our goal is to enhance flight safety and to provide cadets with an immersive experience. It is only through the constant development and innovation that engineering offers that we can continue to do so.