A more efficient approach to flight training
The Creation of a Production Environment for Full Flight Simulators project combines innovation and technology to create a better flight simulator.
" With an R&D quota of 4.7 percent, Styria is among the most innovative regions in Europe. The full flight simulator from Axis is a perfect example for the innovative power of Styrian companies that are successful with their products and Services on foreign markets. "
For nearly a decade the Styria Region of Austria has benefited from a strong automobile sector, fueled in large part by the ACstyria Autocluster. Looking to leverage the talent, experience and knowledge acquired in this sector and expand to other areas of transportation, the region saw an opportunity in aviation – and in particular flight training.
The Creation of a Production Environment for Full Flight Simulators project set out to build a better flight simulator. To do this, they designed an “all-in-one” Full Flight Simulator (FFS) that allows pilots to complete the entire training process using real flight simulation, as opposed to splitting the training between a simulator and an aircraft. This saves the pilot time and money.
The resulting Level D FFS produced by the project, called AXIS, does exactly this. With AXIS, the pilot gets a 100 % realistic replication of the cockpit and aircraft aerodynamics, and 100 % realistic behavior of all aircraft systems – along with state-of-the-art motion and vision systems.
Building a better simulator
As if creating a better training experience wasn’t enough, the project went one step further by building a better simulator. Unlike traditional simulators currently on the market, the AXIS FFS offers lower power consumption, easy maintenance and enhanced ergonomics.
AXIS’ light weight design, electric motion system, LED lights and streamlined computer requirements resulted in an 80 % reduction of electrical power demand –reducing waste and costs to the operator. The simulator’s innovative real-time input/output system for data transfer means technical problems are quickly identified, resulting in limited downtime. Finally, its use of a single touchscreen creates a user friendly operating concept for a more productive training experience.
Benefiting the region
Not only has the project created more than 30 new jobs – many for young graduates – it also created numerous opportunities for subcontracts to local companies. Further, with only 10 companies worldwide capable of manufacturing a level D Full Flight Simulator, the project has given the region a reputation for innovation and high technology.
The AXIS FFS itself is already a well-recognized brand, with customer contracts around the globe. The company’s future looks bright and further job creation is fully expected.
Total investment and EU funding
Total investment for the project “Creation of a Production Environment for Full Flight Simulators” is EUR 849 424,67, of which the EU’s European Regional Development Fund is contributing EUR 116 795,89 from the Operational Programme “Regional Competitiveness Styria 2007 - 2013” for the 2007 to 2013 programming period.