Our glider simulator project:
In early 2019, the unit was given the decommissioned airframe of the University of the West of England (UWE) gliding club's old K7 glider to turn into a glider simulator. Our objective is to turn this 2 seater glider into a dual simulator i.e. a simulator at the front with its own set of controls and a simultor at the back also with its own set of controls. To achieve this, the unit plans on using virtual reality headsets.
The benefits of such a simulator are:
- It can be used by 2 people, independently and concurrently, hence allowing more time per person during a section / unit night;
- Head tracking ensures that the pilot has visibility of his/her instruments and is also able to keep a good lookout naturally (through head movements rather than the unnatural action of pushing buttons);
- More immersive and easier to use than a more traditional, "open air" simulator using a large screen or projector;
- Ease of setup;
- Usable in all lighting conditions (including bright sunlight).
Current project status:
- The airframe has been extracted from the hangar, cleaned, cut (1st rough cut) and moved to a workshop for the explorers to work on.
- We have sucessfully tested our concepts to translate control movements into signals the flight sumulator software understands.
- We are working on our prototyping kits to write the code for the Arduino boards
- We have started work on the support cradles
Photos and videos of the K7 simulator project:
- All simulator videos
- Video: looking for G-DDYR
- Video: first look at G-DDYR
- Video: extracting G-DDYR from the hangar
- Video: Cutting the tail
- Video: Preparing G-DDYR for its new life
- Photos: fuselage as it was in the hangar
- Photos: cleaning and cutting the airframe
- Photos: ASK21 controls
- Photos: Cotswold Gliding Club simulator - minimum viable product to replicate
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