Civil simulators

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Today's civil simulators offer an almost entirely realistic flying experience, but the hunt for perfection goes on. Our special report explores the finessing of image generators to better represent clouds, details an FAA project to share real-time weather data with pilots over remote oceans, and tests both the NASTAR Center's spaceflight training course and Rockwell Collins' Edge Boeing 737 simulator.

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Technology Environmental realism

Climate Real-time weather data

Spaceflight Suborbital training

Single aisles The next generation

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Incidents such as the Turkish Airlines crash in Amsterdam stress the importance of upset recovery training

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Trainees prepare for spaceflight

 

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A highly authentic environment is essential for effective simulator training