PAF to acquire modern flight simulators

August 30, 2013 9:41 am 

MANILA, Aug. 29 — To further improve the flying skills of its pilots, the Philippine Air Force announced that it will acquire modern flight simulators.

Col. Miguel Ernesto Okol, PAF spokesperson, declined to comment on what exact aircraft type the equipment will be imitating.

He added that flight simulators are a great help in pilot training as it is cost effective.

"You merely have to plug it in, not unlike trainer aircraft where you have to factor fuel cost and other consumables," Okol stressed.

And unlike trainer planes which require "down time" for maintenance and repair, flight simulators can be used repeatedly by trainee pilots until they get the hang of their lessons especially on the ones dealing with in-flight emergencies.

At the moment, Okol said that the PAF operates flight simulators for helicopters, transport and turboprop aircraft.

A flight simulator is a device that artificially re-creates aircraft flight and the environment in which it flies, for pilot training, design, or other purposes.

It includes replicating the equations that govern how aircraft fly, how they react to applications of flight controls, the effects of other aircraft systems, and how the aircraft reacts to external factors such as air density, turbulence, wind shear, cloud and precipitation.

Flight simulation is used for a variety of reasons, including flight training (mainly of pilots), the design and development of the aircraft itself, and research into aircraft characteristics and control handling qualities.(PNA)



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