New Full Motion Redbird XWind Simulator, unique in Europe
Specific for crosswind training
One Air E-ATO 190, Spanish Pilot Training Centre, located in the city of Málaga and authorised by the AESA, is the first European ATO to acquire the only Full Motion crosswind and turbulence simulator on the market.
WHY A FULL MOTION SIMULATOR FOR CROSSWINDS AND GUSTS WINDS?
One of the most common contributing factors in weather related accidents or incidents at different airports around the world is crosswind. The second most common factor is wind gusts. In fact, factors such as crosswinds and gusts of wind cause more accidents than fog, thunderstorms and ice formation combined. The question is why?
As is the case with most procedures found in aviation, crosswind landings require constant practice to truly master such special conditions. The difficulty that most student pilots encounter is limited practical experience of these types of landings, this is due to safety considerations and cancellations due to the adverse weather conditions these landings entail.
This is where One Air’s Full Motion Redbird Xwind simulator comes into play.
The Xwind is the only training simulator in production dedicated to teaching visual approaches and landings. By providing force feedback and sideways drift with respect to the runway, it is possible to safely practice in adverse conditions.
No other platform offers students the opportunity to perfect the primary control skills required for normal, crosswind and turbulent landings. The simulator “polishes” the pilot’s control capabilities in difficult conditions on approach and landing.
The American manufactured simulator, was created by Brad Whitsitt of Indianapolis, flight instructor and inventor, who was looking for a way to teach his students how to land, or decide to go-around, in crosswind situations and unstabilised approaches.
USED BY THE MOST PRESTIGIOUS US SCHOOLS AND INSTITUTIONS
The Xwind simulator has already been delivered to some of the most prestigious American schools and is used by the specialised crosswind training centre Crosswind Concept in Centennial Airport to the south of Denver.
Not only has it helped advanced pilots but has also saved the careers of student pilots who were about to give up their dream of flying due to delays in achieving the level required for their first Solo.
The simulator is also used as a training device by the Colorado Wing of the American Civil Air Patrol (COWG). The Civil Air Patrol operates in the area of the Rocky Mountains and is composed of 35 squadrons divided into three groups around Colorado.
The squadrons of the Colorado Wing regularly participate in search and rescue exercises. The missions range from the search and rescue of hikers and lost hunters to the location of downed aircraft and the transport of emergency personnel and medical equipment. When there is a disaster in a Colorado community, the state CAP squads respond by transporting doctors, firefighters or emergency personnel to the areas in need.
FULL MOTION REDBIRD XWIND SIM
Available on One Air as of September 2019
The American simulator manufacturer Redbird began the custom construction of One Air’s simulator last May with an expected delivery date of September 2019 allowing our students and instructors to achieve, through immersive practice, the highest levels of training and safety in adverse weather and crosswind landings.
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