AIRFOX ASD

ADVANCED SPATIAL DISORIENTATION TRAINER AND
FLIGHT SIMULATOR

Needs

AIRFOX ASD represents an advanced SD training system, which allows a wide range of passive-visual and active illusions with high fidelity graphics.

A wide range of spatial disorientation illusions can be demonstrated, recorded and more importantly debriefed. This practical training identifies effectively the risks associated with hover or vection (movement) illusions, in-flight visual illusions, loss of depth perception and degraded visual cues and flying with Night Vision Goggles.

  • AIRFOX ASD performs six Degrees of Freedom (6 DOF) for realistic simulation of aircraft motion and adequate stimulation of the vestibular system
  • Demonstrates and familiarises pilots with the potentially disastrous effects of Spatial Disorientation
  • Simulates hover and vection illusions, whiteout in snow, brownout in dust or sand and water recirculation

  • Simulates mission flying with Night Vision Goggles under realistic conditions with mission based scenarios
  • Has a wide Field of View (FOV) visual display system (VDS)
  • Is fully Night Vision (NV) compatible
  • Has Control Loading System (CLS) for stick and rudder pedals
  • Can be equipped as a single seat or double seat configuration
  • Has flight models for trainer aircraft (similar PC-7), fighter aircraft (similar F-16) and a light helicopter (similar AS 350)

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Benefits

AIRFOX ASD SIGNIFICANTLY IMPROVES AIRCREW’S PERFORMANCE

You are able to train a variety of users such as:

  • Fixed and rotary wing military air arms
  • Paramilitary and Special Forces
  • Civilian fixed and rotary wing operators including airlines, executive air fleets, air ambulance, police, coastguard, offshore oil and gas aviation units

  • It can be used as a human factors research and development tool
  • It can be used as a basic flight trainer for visual flight and instrument training
  • It is certified as a FNPT II for the PC 7 aircraft
  • It can demonstrate a wide range of SD and visual illusions in a passive or active mode or via automated missions
  • It is capable of simulating a second flight model, used as a target aircraft. Every flight model installed on the system can be used as target aircraft
  • It can have a fully Night Vision compatible cabin and cockpit to demonstrate SD illusions during NVG flight
  • It can be used as a Barany chair
  • It can be equipped to demonstrate normobaric hypoxia

Benefits

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AIRFOX ASD

Features

THE AIRFOX ASD CAN DEMONSTRATE A WIDE RANGE OF SD AND VISUAL ILLUSIONS

SD ILLUSIONS

SD ILLUSIONS

Demonstration of passive illusions in a dark cabin without trainee interaction and without motion but using the additional gear axis. Active visual illusions occur in situations, where the human visual system falsely interprets visual signals. Vection illusion is the interpretation of the movement of a reference object as movement of the own aircraft.
MOTION SYSTEM

MOTION SYSTEM

The motion system consists of seven independently controllable motion axes. The six Degree of Freedom (6 DOF) hexapod motion system provides motional sensations/cues to the trainee. The motion system is capable of operating at sub-threshold motion in all seven axes, so discontinuities in linear and angular motion are not perceptible by the trainee.
CABIN AND COCKPIT

CABIN AND COCKPIT

The cockpit consists of a front panel with three touch displays, a gear lever, an IR light source and an IR video camera. The left side panel has throttle, flaps, a headset connector and a stop button. The right side panel has the cabin light control and the Morse sound selector. The pilot seat is height adjustable.
INSTRUMENTS

INSTRUMENTS

The AIRFOX ASD uses an instrument configuration consisting of three sections. All three panels are touch sensitive glass cockpit displays. Instrumentation is flight model dependent. The main instruments can be switched into a malfunction mode to emphasise effects of spatial disorientation, or to raise the stress level during flight training.
NAVIGATION DISPLAY - NAV

NAVIGATION DISPLAY - NAV

The NAV shows the position of the aircraft. It offers a moving map that uses an aeronautical chart display corresponding directly to the scenery database. All navigational aids like VOR or NDB stations are displayed on the map showing all terrain features, and the approach display showing a 10 NM circle around the airport as well as the approach glide path.
VISUAL SYSTEM

VISUAL SYSTEM

Projection System is equipped with a projected Out the Window (OTW) visualisation system producing a Field of View of 120° x 64°. Terrain based on geographic height information textured with geo-typical textures. The open architecture of the software allows installation of additional terrain databases, which can be selected via the GUI.
INSTRUCTOR OPERATOR STATION - IOS

INSTRUCTOR OPERATOR STATION - IOS

The AIRFOX ASD provides extensive functionality to carry out training runs and to control the simulation during training. The IOS provides the operator with all the necessary information, gives him full control over the course of the training, and contains an operating section, a flight control section and a video/recording/debriefing section.
SOUND SYSTEM AND COMMUNICATION

SOUND SYSTEM AND COMMUNICATION

The AIRFOX ASD provides authentic aural stimulation of all relevant ambient sounds for the respective aircraft model. The sound simulation is audible through the pilot’s headset. The trainee communicates with the instructor and vice versa, via headsets and is on hot-mike, while the operator and instructor use push-to-talk buttons.
CABIN LIGHTS AND UPS

CABIN LIGHTS AND UPS

The cabin LED lights automatically switch on and off when the door opens or when a training run starts. It is dimmable, and supplied by the UPS. The UPS allows a controlled, orderly shutdown of the AIRFOX ASD in case of a sudden and complete loss of electrical power. This ensures data integrity for all training data.
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Options

A wide range of additional options are available

MOTION SICKNESS DESENSITISATION - MSD

MOTION SICKNESS DESENSITISATION - MSD

The MSD is a motion programme to desensitise trainees suffering from motion sickness. Two different desensitisation programmes are available: MSD heave which exposes the trainee to vertical motion with constant adjustable amplitude and frequency and the MSD Coriolis, where the trainee rotates with constant adjustable yaw speed.
DEBRIEFING GUI

DEBRIEFING GUI

In addition to the video debriefing, the debriefing GUI adds data to enhance the debriefing capability with data debriefing after the flight. Recorded data contain flight model output as attitude, position, forces, instrument display data, as well as general data like control inputs of stick, rudder, and throttle, push buttons, and turning knobs.
ENHANCED RECORDING AND REPLAY

ENHANCED RECORDING AND REPLAY

In addition to the recorded track, recording of all effect- and scenario changes as well as the intercom communication is available. Replaying these recorded missions, the aircraft will follow the recorded track. Based on the elapsed time all effect- and scenario changes are replayed and the voice recording is replayed via the pilot headset.
CHASE CAMERA

CHASE CAMERA

The chase camera allows the operator to view the aircraft from outside. This provides better control of supervising the pilot, especially during close formation flight or flying close to the ground as helicopter landings on a ship or an oil platform.
AIRCRAFT REPOSITIONING

AIRCRAFT REPOSITIONING

In order to save time during training, you can reposition the aircraft en-route to reduce flight time, for example to arrive at the initial approach or during climb, for example to regain altitude for spin training. Aircraft repositioning is available for actively flown subject- and target aircraft.
DIRECT MOTION CONTROL

DIRECT MOTION CONTROL

In order to use the AIRFOX ASD for advanced research, the system can be controlled by predefined motion profiles. These profiles are uploaded and contain position data for the motion in five milliseconds time intervals The combination of hexapod and yaw drive allows independent control of the heave, surge, sway, roll, pitch, yaw and continuous yaw.
SIMULATOR LINK

SIMULATOR LINK

If two systems are linked together than both aircraft can fly joint missions. The aircraft are visible as target aircraft in the OTW. The Intercom systems are linked together as well. When two AIRFOX systems are linked together, then one system replicates the other (OTW, HDD, and motion). The master system can be flown actively for pilot/rear-crew training.
COMPUTER GENERATED FORCES - CGF

COMPUTER GENERATED FORCES - CGF

Computer Generated Forces are an additional module providing air and ground forces with artificial intelligence. An editor allows the definition of scenarios with friendly and hostile forces. These forces are interacting with subject and target aircraft during training.
MEDICAL MONITORING SYSTEM - MMS

MEDICAL MONITORING SYSTEM - MMS

The MMS transmits medical data from the trainee to the control station. It has wireless data transmission and configured for eight channels: ECG (three channels), NIBP (two channels), pulse rate (one channel) calculated from the ECG channel), oxygen saturation (one channel) and one spare channel.
AUTOMATED MISSIONS

AUTOMATED MISSIONS

Automated training missions are a specific version of a scenario based flight profile. Compared to a normal mission, the sequential SD effect will start automatically as soon as a predefined condition occurs and the cabin is in a neutral position. They contain automated verbal instructions and explanations of specific effects, embedded throughout the demonstration.
TWO-SEAT COCKPIT WITH PROJECTION SYSTEM

TWO-SEAT COCKPIT WITH PROJECTION SYSTEM

The cockpit configuration is a generic helicopter cockpit with two side-by-side seats and T-panel configuration. Throttle and flaps controls enable simulation of fixed wing aircraft. The visual system included in the basic configuration provides a Field of View of 120° x 64°. With chin windows, the Field of View is 120° x 90°.
NIGHT VISION TRAINING CAPABILITY

NIGHT VISION TRAINING CAPABILITY

For night vision training, and demonstration of the capabilities and limitations of Night Vision Imaging System (NVIS), the trainee wears original Night Vision Goggles (NVGs). The visual system is capable of stimulating the NVG. The cockpit and the instrument displays are NVG compatible.
INTEGRATION OF NHT

INTEGRATION OF NHT

The Normobaric Hypoxia Training (NHT) is either provided via the slip ring system by two rotary joints to transfer the Nitrogen and Oxygen into the cabin or via quick connectors installed at the cabin. In this case, the gear module is disabled. The pilot inside the cabin has to use a breathing mask. Additionally psychological tests can be provided.
HIGH LEVEL TERRAIN DATABASE

HIGH LEVEL TERRAIN DATABASE

This terrain database represents the whole world as a planetary terrain-rendering model. High detailed terrain areas can be provided with excellent features representing Full Flight Simulator quality and is Night Vision compatible.
FNPT II – PILATUS PC-7

FNPT II – PILATUS PC-7

The single seat AIRFOX ASD with the Pilatus PC-7 flight model is certified as a Flight Simulation Training Devise (FSTD). Certificate AT-FNPT-1061 dated 2013-10-24.
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References

THE FOLLOWING AIR FORCES HAVE ALREADY PURCHASED THE AIRFOX ASD AND HAVE THEM SUCCESSFULLY AND SATISFACTORILY IN OPERATION

AIRFOX ASD VII – MYANMAR 2014

AIRFOX ASD VII – MYANMAR 2014

The contract for the AIRFOX ASD was awarded in 2012 for the Institute of Aviation Medicine in Meikhtilar, Myanmar and the SAT was in February 2014.
AIRFOX ASD VI - THE NETHERLANDS 2013

AIRFOX ASD VI - THE NETHERLANDS 2013

The contract was awarded in 2012 and the AIRFOX ASD VI was installed in 2013 at the Netherlands Aeromedical Institute in Soesterberg.
AIRFOX ASD V - Thailand 2013

AIRFOX ASD V - Thailand 2013

The contract for the AIRFOX ASD V was awarded in 2012. Installation and SAT was in 2013 at the Institute of Aviation Medicine in Bangkok.
AIRFOX ASD IV – GERMANY 2012

AIRFOX ASD IV – GERMANY 2012

The contract was awarded in 2010 and the AIRFOX ASD IV was installed in 2012 at the German Air Force Flight Physiological Training Centre in Königsbrück near Dresden. It is the first version with two seats inside.
AIRFOX ASD III – P.R. OF China 2011

AIRFOX ASD III – P.R. OF China 2011

The contract for the AIRFOX ASD was signed in 2009. The simulator was installed and accepted at the Beijing Institute of Aviation Medicine in 2011.
AIRFOX ASD II - SINGAPORE 2009

AIRFOX ASD II - SINGAPORE 2009

The contract for the first AIRFOX ASD was signed in 2007. The simulator was installed and accepted at the Royal Singaporean Air Force Institute for Aerospace Medicine in 2009.
AIRFOX ASD I - AMST 2008

AIRFOX ASD I - AMST 2008

The AIRFOX ASD is used to train foreign pilots, for research and testing of new developments.
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