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March 24, 2020 10:21

The IOS (Instructor Operation Station) of Simloc

The instructor station (IOS) is an essential component for the correct use of a flight simulator. It is the position from where the instructor directs and monitors the training session in a simulator. The IOS allows full control over the device and its status.

Screens and management applications (SMC Suite)

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First of all, the control monitor of the main simulation system gives access to the "master" application, responsible for communication with the cabin peripherals, system simulation and data server for the visual system. It is a flight control and supervision terminal, since it shows in real time an image of the flight simulation
The second screen gives input to the software SMC Suite (Simulator Management Control Suite), from Simloc, which consists of two applications:

  • FSTD Manager: Simulator control and management application, where these features stand out
    • On and off management of both the simulator and its component elements.
    • Reservation system, which is based on a database of predefined users and roles.
    • System for "briefing" and "debriefing", allowing the dump of content and associate it to the session.
    • Multimedia content management, available if a server media is installed at the client's premises.
    • Reporting and maintenance system, providing facilities when it comes to incident management or device status inquiries.
  • IOS App: Simulation control and management application, where these features stand out:
    • Repositioning, both on the track and in the air (approach options, free movement ...) and 2D / 3D view of the simulation in real time.
    • Fault control, classified by ATAs and with the possibility of conditioned triggers (speed, altitude, time ...)
    • Aircraft configuration (loading and centering, fuel, outside supplies ...)
    • Meteorology, covering from pre-configured visibility categories to the ability to make them as desired up to three layers.

The importance of the Instructor

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The instructor is the "director" of the session, so both his training and the tools he uses must fulfill that role.
The instructor must be able to:

  • Understand the basic architecture of the simulator, in order to quickly identify which part or subpart requires a re-initialization at a specific time.
  • Manage the on, restart and shutdown of the fundamental parts of the simulator.
  • Know the tools of the SMC suite, in order to be able to take full advantage of the features it offers and is as efficient as possible when it comes to finding the tools or actions you need to perform in the flight session.

 

On the other hand, the tools available to the instructor must meet the following needs:

  • Offer an intuitive and simple interface, while complete and scalable.
  • Have the most relevant information of the simulation, offering the instructor the greatest amount of resources that may be required for the evaluation of the session.


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In summary, the position of instructor can be considered as the "core" of the simulator, since it is the station that gives access to the situation of the simulator, both for use by the instructor in the teaching of the flight session, as in the work of device maintenance or update.

Elements such as touch screens, articulated arms, fast-start hard drives, etc. They contribute to a robust and ambitious command post. The objective is to seek efficiency and comfort for the user and achieve realistic and professional flight sessions.