In early 2019, the unit was given the decommissioned airframe of the University of the West of England (UWE) gliding club’s old K7M glider to turn into a glider simulator.
Our objective was 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 simulator at the back also with its own set of controls. To achieve this, the unit wanted to use 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).
Our simulator was only made possible thanks to generous grants and donations from: