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Flight Simulation – Visual System


The Heart of an Advanced-Technology Flight Simulator

VITAL Visual Systems

The VITAL image generation product line enjoys over four decades of successful history delivering the industry’s most complete visual training and rehearsal experience. Its superior core Level D feature set has been deeply extended to support all aspects of training and mission rehearsal making it best in class. The VITAL visual system is the heart of an integrated product, and features industry-leading low-latency host transfer rates. VITAL’s deep feature set and flexible capabilities empower users to configure the system precisely to their training needs.

Bring Your World Alive

Simulation of the world includes bringing a training scenario to life. VITAL integrates different simulation systems, sensors and network host protocols to create a seamless, powerful and realistic training scenario.

  • SAF/CGF support including extended MACE integration
  • VITAL DMO Interface (VDI) support for live, virtual, constructive (LVC) simulations and distributed mission operations (DMO)
  • DI-Guy support for realistic human character animation
  • Advanced sensor simulation including EVS, MWIR, SWIR, FLIR, color and LLTV/EO, NVG stimulation, radar, SAR, Sensor Fusion, multiple target tracking modes
  • Superior night vision goggle (NVG) stimulation
Leading Reliability and Leading Support

FlightSafety sets the gold standard for customer support and maintenance. Full 24/7, 365 support ensures any needs are met giving you peace of mind that the experts will keep you up training.

  • User-friendly maintenance documentation and training
  • Exceeds 99% reliability
Environmental Effects

Whether the training is low-level route, helicopter or commercial flight training, VITAL supports a wide variety of high-fidelity weather systems and effects, including:

  • MultiVis weather sim with up to 64,000 atmospheric layers
  • Physics-based weather model including atmospheric scattering (Rayleigh and Mie)
  • 3D clouds including storm clouds with volumetric effects and in-cloud effects, rain shafts and correlated radar profiles
  • 2D and 3D ocean including 13 Beaufort sea states, two swell states, ocean wave and spray effects, and geo-specific littoral ocean water coloring
  • Runway, taxiway, and area geo-specific contaminants
  • Dynamic precipitation including, physics-based rain, snow with accurate density and motion, and bouncing hail
Animation and Special Effects

VITAL supports a wide variety of animation types and controls featuring outstanding visibility attenuation, weather, physics-based lighting, and special effects.

  • A variety of animations controls that can be combined and chained together to create numerous complex effects
  • Particle based simulations including dust clouds, brown outs, whiteout, obscuration effects, smoke, downwash, and much more
  • Advanced animation controls for controlling multiple complex sequences as well as individual special effects, including:
    – Per pixel physical light lobes
    – A variety of sensor trigger-based animations

VITAL 1150 Series maintains backward compatibility with existing databases. This key feature allows users to reliably use existing database and model content on the VITAL 1150 Series platform. Including support for FlightSafety’s proprietary format as well as industry standards such as common database (OGC CDB), VITAL can fly an enormous library of high quality airports.

The VITAL 1150 Series has been extended to include 1150 and 1150EC (Enhanced Capabilities) versions. 1150EC brings new levels of performance and advanced security to customers.

VITAL supports the following:

  • Worldwide no break flight
  • Full backward content compatibility
  • Extensive library of airports and moving models (available via subscription service)
  • Photorealistic moving models
  • Support for online and offline published databases
  • High-detail areas with excellent urban culture and vegetative density
  • Database format support including:
    – Proprietary (EMR/AMR)
    – OGC CDB
    – NAVAIR Portable Source Initiative (NPSI)
  • Worldwide database subscription available
  • Custom content developed by contract or Database Generation System (DBGS)

FlightSafety CrewView Technology

The FlightSafety Simulation and Visual Systems team has produced the world’s first successful glass mirror displays, qualified to the highest training standards of FAA 14 CFR Part 60 Level D. Overcoming challenges of weight and ruggedness necessary to operate in the long-term training regimen for flight simulators with six-degrees-of-freedom (6-DOF) motion bases, CrewView offers a superior solution that incorporates glass for the out-the-window display. CrewView provides superior optical performance and sharper image clarity with significant advances in fidelity and field of view. CrewView fills the entire aircraft window, eliminating ground rush distortions and allowing the greatest level of effectiveness in training.

CrewView Features
  • Advanced glass-collimating mirror technology, with great improvements over previous-generation flexible-film mirror technology
  • Superior image clarity and less haze than film-based collimators
  • Elimination of geometric distortions and aberrations
  • Greater image fidelity
  • Perfectly formed to a truly spherical shape, meaning no surface distortions or imperfections
  • Largest field-of-view on motion – up to 300 degrees horizontal and 60 degrees vertical
  • Highly polished mirror surface reduces light scatter, improving reflective brightness, clarity and crispness
  • Competitive lower initial cost
  • Lower sustainment costs can exceed 30 percent in life-cycle savings over film display
  • No costly mirror reskins necessary
  • Glass that can be safely cleaned for continuous image quality or reduce haze by as much as 50 percent
  • Glass can be repaired, eliminating vacuum failures