This week, AXIS Flight Training Systems is speaking with Alasdair MacPherson, VP, Sales & Marketing of RSi to find out what the future holds for simulator visual technology.

RSi is a privately held organization located in Dallas, Texas. The company has over 20 years’ experience in the aviation industry and provides visual systems for Level D and military full flight simulators. Its latest offering is ‘Epic Prime’, a new programme that allows customers to pay a monthly fee for full use of RSi’s visual system.

Can you tell us about your new service Epic Prime?

With Epic Prime, we have created a smarter approach to visual systems by providing manufacturers and Authorised Training Organisations (ATOs) access to our innovative D41-N1 visual system. We take care of delivery, free software updates, scheduled support visits, unlimited airport library access, certification support, installation, repairs and spares. Epic Prime allows you to truly stay one step ahead of your competitors.

How does Epic Prime help manufacturers?

As simulators are expensive training tools, ATOs need them to last a considerable amount of time to achieve a good return on investment. This expectation is a challenge for manufacturers such as AXIS, who must design and make a reliable simulator that remains fully functional for up to 25 years. In technology, a lot can change in just a few months, let alone 25 years. Manufacturers therefore need to be forward thinking in the technology they choose to use, as cadets will not appreciate training with 20 – 25-year-old graphics.

Epic Prime offers a much-needed solution. We understand how expensive it can be to upgrade visuals, so by offering a subscription model, the cost becomes more easily digestible for organisations and allows ATOs to have regularly refreshed visuals whilst remaining compliant and safe.

How do you see your service evolving over the next five to 10 years?

We expect our customers to become more accustomed to the idea of using Epic Prime. We understand that it’s difficult to make the switch to our service, but we’ve had nothing but positive feedback from everyone on the concept. This will be gradual change, as organisations will need to evolve their thinking and budget processes to incorporate a service such as Epic Prime. In the future, we hope it will become a common method of buying and keeping simulator visuals up to date.

Thank you to Alasdair for your insight. At AXIS, we’re always searching for new ways to provide the highest quality and experience for our end users. Suppliers, such as RSI allow us to stay up to date with the latest technology and innovations so we can create tomorrow’s simulators for today’s training.