Personal Computer (PC)-Based Aircraft Training System and Visualization Tool

Period of Performance: 07/08/2003 - 04/08/2004


Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Pathfinder Systems, Inc.
200 Union Blvd., Suite 300
Lakewood, CO 80228
Principal Investigator


A PC-based training system will provide a low-cost alternative to the use of full-capability flight simulators and actual aircraft in aiding student pilots in Undergraduate Pilot Training to acquire critical pattern and radio procedure skills. The system will simulate the characteristics of the JPATS T-6A aircraft. This low-cost training system will be compatible with desktop or laptop personal computers, either with single or multiple displays. It will operate in multiple modes. It can be used as a desktop flight simulator and procedures trainer. It can also operate in a tutorial mode. In the flight simulator mode it will be able to use not only multiple displays by a single computer, but also side-by-side networked laptop computers, each providing a portion of a panoramic view. It will be implemented as an add-on to an existing desktop flight simulator. It will provide speech understanding by an emulated control tower to aid the student in practicing radio skills. Improves efficiency of UPT training while simultaneously reducing training costs.