Support: China and India Agree On Simulator Support

Archives

December 16, 2006: Flight simulators are getting much less expensive, largely because of cheaper microprocessors, especially graphic processors. Large display technology has gotten cheaper as well. Ten years ago, a full function simulator cost about as much as the aircraft is simulated. Now, the cost is perhaps 20 percent the cost of the actual aircraft, and the simulator is more accurate. 

 

Moreover, fuel costs have more than doubled in that time, making it much more cost-effective to use a simulator, than to actually fly the aircraft. It's gotten to the point where even countries that formerly could not afford simulators, like India and China, are finding is less expensive to go the simulator route. Both countries have seen their pilots benefit from improvised simulators (using entertainment type simulators, which are often quite accurate). But now countries like India and China can not only afford the current generation of simulators, but have the ability to build their own. These nations have also awakened to the reality that their high performance aircraft are really only useful if pilots get a lot of practice. Fuel costs make it impractical to let the pilots actually fly a lot, but simulators are another thing. While actually being in the air is still the superior form of training, current simulator technology has gotten a lot closer to the real thing.

 

 

 


X

ad Help Keep Us Online!
 

Help Keep Us Afloat! Go to other sites on the World Wide Web and they look like the a mad marketer has gained control of them. Lots of ads and little content! Ad revenues are down for everyone! We don’t want to follow the crowd. But here is the deal we cannot keep our site relative ad free without your support. Each month we need your subscriptions or contributions plus what meager ad revenue we do receive to stay in business. You can support us in the following ways:

  1. Make sure you spread the word about us. Two ways to do that are to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
  2. Subscribe to our daily newsletter. We’ll send the news to your email box, and you don’t have to come to the site unless you want to read columns or see photos.
  3. You can contribute to the health of StrategyPage. A contribution is not a donation that you can deduct at tax time, but a form of crowdfunding. We store none of your information when you contribute..

Drake appreciates any help you can give him.

Subscribe   Contribute   Close