There is no simulating without computing, and we devote great attention to making sure that our IT infrastructure is top of the line.

To ensure stability our software is Linux-based. It is highly parallel, to ensure the performance required to give dynamic and responsive real-time simulation. Our sims’ Smart Panels – which we talked about under “H for hardware” – and interfaces use CAN busses and modular architecture.

A great deal of the software in our simulators are our own developments – the interfacing of avionics to the sim software, the diagnostic toolchain, the IOS and environmental audio simulation, and the interfacing to the cockpit. This development depth allows us to design for maximum reliability and user-friendliness, right down to the touchscreen controls for flight instructors.

A topic of great interest, which we will look at in more detail later under the letter R, is Rehosting as a Service (RAAS). This is an entirely new, cloud-based approach to avionics training solutions. It emulates the specific aircraft hardware on COTS hardware, which keeps costs down while making it possible to train on exactly the instrumentation the target aircraft model uses. Software updates are much less involved and expensive than on convention systems, since users can do the updates themselves. This minimizes the need for service calls and also boosts overall reliability. As a cloud-based system it can be executed on any type of graphic device.

In all of these ways, our IT infrastructure and software capabilities make AXIS simulators more reliable, more available, more flexible and more cost-effective to run.