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Advanced Aircraft Cockpit Simulator (AACS)

Most Cockpit Simulators used for training pilots to fly particular planes require certification and therefore cannot be modified to simulate different aircraft characteristics or be used for experimental purposes. With no such restrictions, the IDS’s Advanced Aircraft Cockpit Simulator is a fully customisable solution that is in total compliance with the ICAO PBN regulations.

Advanced Aircraft Cockpit Simulator is a flight simulator specifically designed for ground based validation of flight procedures.The system assesses the ease of intervention by a pilot and associated contingencies, as well as research in the area of cockpit human machine interfaces.
Based on the cockpit of an Airbus A320, the AACS software can be configured to simulate different aircraft, equipment and environments, and can also be easily integrated with other systems such as tower and air traffic simulators, as well as IDS’s FPDAM flight procedure design suite.
The flexibility of the simulator allows:

  • Critical flight conditions to be reproduced allowing the collection of all the essential information related to flight procedure design and required for maximizing flight safety;
  • Easy loading of flight procedures and flight plans;
  • The possibility to tailor the software in order to simulate different aircraft, equipment and environments.

The AACS objective is to determine that:

  • The procedure operates to its design accuracy with the supporting systems and navigation aids;
  • All obstacle and navigation data on which the design is based is verified for accuracy and completeness;
  • The flyability of the procedure on the basis of the pilot’s workload is assessed as suitable;
  • The aerodrome infrastructure is adequate for the procedure and to assess the visual impact of trajectories;
  • The presentation of instrument procedure charts is in accordance with the requirements.

The main features of the AACS are the following:

  • The system is a faithful replica of an A320 cockpit with the same overhead and pedestal panels, control side sticks, rudder pedals and central console.
  • Automatic landing capabilities.
  • Complete fly-by-wire reproduction.
  • Perfect reproduction of a real flight environment in a WGS84 standard Earth model.
  • Tools for importing ARINC 424 navigation data (eg. For importing procedures from IDS’s FPDAM) as well as tools for editing the simulator’s database (import, modify and export of data).
  • Integrated DIS interface allows interaction with other simulators and systems.
  • Fully functional ASAS (Airborne separation Assurance System – an evolution of TCAS), connectable with the FMS (Flight Management System).
  • CPDLC (Controller Pilot Data Link Communications) with the ground station.
  • FMS capable of flying RNAV procedures managing all ARINC 424 paths and terminators, holdings, arrival procedures, SID procedures and airways.
  • Integration with additional AACSs or virtual AACSs in order to simulate complex traffic situations.

Out The Window visualization includes:

  • Large area terrain generation and customizable scenarios.
  • Detailed representation of airports including buildings, towers, runways, taxiways, and typical airport light systems. Terrains are based on a real GPS terrain data to achieve the desired level of accuracy in accordance with hardware capabilities.
  • Traffic generation.
  • Head Up display.
  • Enhanced Vision System.
  • Weather simulation can depict rain, hail, mist, fog, snow and dust storms, cloud cover, lighting and wind shear.
  • Day-night-dusk scenes including depiction of sun, moon and stars in accordance with date, time and geographical position.
  • EFB (Electronic Flight Bag).
  • Aircraft system aural reproduction provides the typical sounds of all on board systems including aural warnings.

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AACS nighttime Out-the-Window View

  • As the ICAO PBN Manual compliant simulator does not require certification it is fully customizable
  • Provides an increase in safety due to the use of an intermediate ground validation step prior to flight validation
  • Dramatically reduces the costs for the validation of procedures
  • Shortens the IFP production cycle as a result of designers and pilots working side-by-side