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Endeavour Explorer Scouts Unit

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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;
  • Portability;
  • 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:

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