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EDWIN A LINK LECTURE: My 53 Years as a Flight Simulation User

Added on 11 April 2011 by gemma crabb

John Farley has been using flight simulators of one sort or another since 1958 to the present. The lecture will cover some of the remarkable changes in the nature and capabilities of simulators from his perspective as a user. He will discuss lessons that he has learned about simulation and offer some personal views concerning the way simulators are used in respect of both research and pilot training applications. In the context of research he suggests there are parallels in respect of the raw data produced from simulation and the raw data measured in wind tunnels. He will explain why in his view there are two types of simulator pilots which researchers need to bear in mind when considering the data they obtain from piloted experiments.

The Edwin A Link Lecture was established in 2007 to honour Edwin A Link, the distinguished pioneer of synthetic training. His remarkable foresight led to the creation of the Link Trainer, or ‘Blue Box’ as it came to be known, the precursor of today’s powerful synthetic training devices, most notably full flight simulators.

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CONFERENCE: The Future Rotorcraft

Added on 18 March 2011 by victoria white

The Future Rotorcraft: Enabling capability through the application of technology

The performance and utility of the ubiquitous edge wise rotary wing configured aircraft has reached a natural limit. The enormous strides taken by the fixed wing community in the development of increasingly efficient, mission focussed, cost effective, green and quick to market solutions have not been matched by the rotary wing community.  The barrier to matching the fixed wing community is not concepts or vision: it is the infrastructure of technology and manufacturing techniques that have contrived to hold our community back.  Learning lessons from the fixed wing community and adapting them to suit the needs of the rotary wing vehicle is our challenge and the time is now right to take on this challenge and succeed.

The rotary wing vehicle has always provided a niche capability, serving its operators well in situations where no other vehicle could achieve the desired result.  It has provided  search and rescue as well as emergency medical services that have saved countless lives, it has delivered military effect with great impact, it has supported the development and realisation of off shore energy delivery and it has connected city centres for convenient transportation.

Yet, despite these achievements the effectiveness of the rotary wing configuration has stagnated as one or two tried and tested configurations using the edge-wise rotor have dominated this mode of transport.
The V22 Osprey and BA609 have shown that other configurations are viable and offer significant performance benefits, but so far the tilt rotor has not shown that it can achieve a paradigm shift in respect of time to market and cost of ownership.  Recently, others have returned to concepts that may have been tried before but until now were only viable as one off prototypes or design studies that never left the drawing boards.

Enabling technologies related to materials, construction and design tools have matured in the fixed wing community and are beginning to find application to rotary wing solutions.  The inevitable and appropriate pressures of environment safety must also be recognised, accepted and converted from complex problem to cost effective solution.

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CONFERENCE: Women in Aerospace & Aviation

Added on 08 March 2011 by Emma Bossom

From Pioneers to Presidents: Celebrating a Century of Women in Flight

Following the success of last year’s RAeS Women in Aerospace & Aviation Conference, the 2011 Networking Event will celebrate a century of women’s acheivements in flight.

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SEMINAR: Spitfire Women’s Half Day Seminar

Added on 08 March 2011 by Emma Bossom

The Wonderful Women Ferry Pilots of the Air Transport Auxiliary

The Royal Aeronautical Society is offering a unique opportunity to meet the few surviving women pilots who ferried every type of military aircraft during World War II, including fighters, huge four-engine bombers as the sole pilot and even the first British jet-engine aeroplane. By the end of the war, ATA pilots had each flown dozens of different aircraft, sometimes several in one day, often never having seen the aeroplane before, far less flown it.

During the seminar, you will hear why the ATA was such a unique organisation, how the women ferry pilots were trained and what they achieved, what an RAF bomber pilot thought of the young women who delivered aircraft to his base, and finally hear from the so-called ‘Spitfire Women’ themselves about their memories of these extraordinary times and their experiences.

At the end of this special seminar, the Royal Aeronautical Society will be making a presentation to the ATA women pilots present to honour their extraordinary achievements.

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Added on 01 March 2011 by Emma Bossom

For more than half a century now, the International Council of the Aeronautical Sciences (ICAS) has provided for the world’s aerospace engineers, scientists, technologists and managers, the preeminent forum to present and discuss the latest developments in aeronautics. This remarkable apolitical organization founded by Theodore von Karman and his international colleagues, continues to build on its impressive heritage, to be even more relevant to the global aerospace and aviation industries. This world congress staged biennially by ICAS is the key opportunity for those committed to serving those industries to meet, present, discuss and create opportunities that can only be done in such an international environment.

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CALL FOR PAPERS: Autumn 2011 Flight Simulation Conference

Added on 21 February 2011 by gemma crabb

Autumn 2011 Flight Simulation Conference

CALL FOR PAPERS - The Contribution of Flight Simulation to Aviation Safety

Flight Simulation’s broad role in developing, maintaining and enhancing flight safety is well recognised, but have advances in simulation technology and capability been matched by corresponding improvements in the way we conduct training?

Today’s environment is one of increased cockpit automation, airspace congestion, ultra long haul operations, enhanced flight envelope protection and arguably reduced levels of actual manual flying experience in the new generation of flight crews. The levelling off of hitherto falling accident rates, and the changing balance of the causal factors behind them, illustrated by a number of recent highly publicised accidents and incidents, suggest that there are areas for improvement, and that we must continue to strive to further improve our safety record.

The Royal Aeronautical Society Flight Simulation Group has recognised this, and for the past 5 years has overseen several international, multi-disciplinary study groups. The latest one of these is the International Committee for Aviation Training in Extended Envelopes (ICATEE). Its objective is to look at all aspects of live and synthetic training for anticipating, recognising, avoiding, and recovering from unusual attitudes and flight situations, aircraft upset, and loss of control in flight. ICATEE will bring together the best practice in current education, flight instruction and training, updated by the latest research and a rigorous methodology.

Additionally, the IATA International Training and Qualification Initiative (ITQI) promises improvements in flight crew knowledge, skills and attitudes and hence safety through evidence-based competency training regimes. These have far reaching implications on the way flight crew training is conducted, from ab-initio through to type rating and recurrent training, including instructional methods and standards.

While both ICATEE and ITQI are framed around civil large aircraft training and safety requirements, they have the potential to influence military training regimes, which increasingly rely on simulation to maintain standards and mission readiness. At the other end of the spectrum, low cost FSTDs, and new digital interactive media integrated into educational and training simulations, are increasingly being used to address the comparatively poor safety record of General Aviation (GA), both fixed- and rotary-wing. In other aspects of simulator-based training, advances in technology and functionality offer other benefits which can be harnessed to address more specific safety issues.

The conference will principally examine how all these initiatives link together through the use of flight simulation. A significant part of the Conference will be dedicated to the detailed reporting of both the Technical and Training sub-groups of the ICATEE. The sessions will address the approach taken to analyse the training requirements and to develop the rationale for a suitable range of live and simulator-based education, training, and instructional courseware. The Technical subgroup will present its recommendations for data collection and validation in support of enhanced simulator modelling and cueing systems. Papers are also being invited from the IATA ITQI team.

This Royal Aeronautical Society Flight Simulation Conference also invites papers on other safety related issues, in addition to IATA ITQI and ICATEE, such as:

  • Simulator technological improvements to meet the safety-driven training and instructional challenges
  • Low cost simulation and its potential contribution to safety
  • What does GA – fixed wing and helicopters - need from simulation?
  • How can flight simulation make a significant reduction in rotary wing accident rates?
  • Instructor Qualification and Accreditation
  • Human Factors and the Psychological Aspects of Simulator-based training.
  • The Live/Synthetic Balance
  • Leveraging the next generation in the gaming industry to enhance mission rehearsal training
  • New Electronic and Distributed Media, such as games, Social Networks, and the iPad, and their implications for Training and Safety

Full details on how to submit an abstract for the Autumn 2011 Flight Simulation Conference can be found here.

The dealine for received abstracts is Thursday 21st Apri 2011.

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CONFERENCE: Annual International Flight Crew Training Conference

Added on 15 February 2011 by Emma Bossom

An International Approach to Flight Crew Training Standards

The Annual RAeS International Flight Crew Training Conference is well established and highly successful.  The 2011 Conference aims to seek solutions on how best to consider flight crew training standards from an international perspective.

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RAeS ANNUAL CONFERENCE: Aerospace 2011: Funding the Future

Added on 12 January 2011 by Royal Aeronautical Society

Taking place on the 13th & 14th April 2011 at the Society’s Headquarters, Aerospace 2011: Funding the Future will focus on Aerospace & Aviation in an Age of Austerity and address how both the civil and defence communities can look to overcome economic uncertainties and grow business in the coming years.

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CONFERENCE: Weapon Systems & Technology Post-Strategic Defence & Security Review

Added on 09 December 2010 by Royal Aeronautical Society

In the first major defence review for many years it is clear that difficult choices must be made about how the UK defends itself against a wide spectrum of potential threats, many of which have a global dimension. Cost could well drive military doctrine in that economic pressures are expected to determine which, if any, potential threats can be countered by unilateral action and which will need combined operations. Strong alliances are necessary to achieve operational sovereignty. Hybrid threats will require agile and adaptive system response.

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ASD / CEAS Conference, Brussels

Added on 12 November 2010 by Sam Phillips


High Value, Low Carbon, Europes Future

The most important multistakeholder high level roundtable congress in Brussels in December 2010.
This is the aerospace event of the year where decision maker of the most leading European industry, politics and research meet.

Change!  Innovation!  Vision 2050!

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CONFERENCE: Spring 2011 Flight Simulation

Added on 01 November 2010 by Royal Aeronautical Society

Spring 2011 Flight Simulation Conference

The World Outside The Aircraft - Simulating The Operational Environment

Much progress has been made and discussed in previous RAeS Flight Simulation Group Conferences on the simulation of an aircraft and its operational systems for use in flight crew training. International standards have even been drafted in the civil arena defining required levels of simulation fidelity as a function of training tasks.

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CONFERENCE: Yuri Gagarin’s Legacy – 50 Years On

Added on 01 November 2010 by Royal Aeronautical Society

Securing the vision for the next half century

On the 12 April 1961, Vostok 1 lifted off from the Soviet Cosmodrome in Baikonur with cosmonaut Major Yuri Alekseyevich Gagarin on board. Gagarin was the first human being to leave the Earth’s atmosphere, and although his flight was to last only 1 hour 48 minutes, circling the Earth just once, it provoked important political, social, cultural and technical changes, and changed humanity’s perspective of its place on Earth forever.

The fiftieth anniversary of this flight provides an opportunity for a conference combining elements of historical review, assessment of the social and cultural impact of the event in the UK, Russia, and worldwide, and consideration of areas of scientific endeavour of common interest to both Russia and the West. The anniversary occurs as the long term objectives and strategy for human spaceflight are being questioned in both Russia and the West, making this an appropriate moment to revisit that first flight. To this end, a programme of lectures and discussions is being prepared involving significant Russian involvement. The aims of the conference are to:

  • review the impact of Gagarin’s flight on space technology and space applications – in the UK and world-wide
  • review the social, cultural and political impact of Gagarin’s flight – in the UK and world-wide
  • review progress / achievements of the first joint UK-Russia celebratory ISS project agreed with Russian technical experts in July 2010
  • discuss the legacy of Gagarin in the context of today’s space programmes – in the UK and world-wide.

Topics to be discussed will include five application areas identified by a joint UK-Russia forum as being of particular interest, namely space medicine and psychology, satellite communication technologies, optics and instrument systems, monitoring and natural disasters, and robotics and autonomous operations. The historical and cultural dimensions will also be given full attention.

Additionally, the conference will provide an opportunity to identify ways in which further unique collaborative ventures can be developed for the future, delivering benefit to both the UK and Russia.

The conference will be of interest to both the scientific and cultural communities. In the scientific and industrial sectors, it will appeal to those in the fields of exploration, human spaceflight, microgravity, space medicine and psychology, robotics, space mechanisms, communication technologies, optics and instruments, monitoring / natural disasters. On the humanities side, it will appeal to those working in culture and the arts (film, museums, galleries etc.), 20th century history, international politics, human destiny, and education (outreach).

There will be a strong networking element to the conference and both formal and informal opportunities for this will be provided.

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CONFERENCE: Sky’s The Limit? – Aerospace Innovation In The 21st Century

Added on 01 November 2010 by Royal Aeronautical Society

Young Members Conference

In a media environment of escalating costs and increased cutbacks, the aviation world needs to maintain its position at the forefront of technological development to avoid stagnation and be able to rise to meet the new challenges.

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CONFERENCE: Weapon Systems and Technology for Enduring Campaigns

Added on 01 November 2010 by Royal Aeronautical Society

Classified Conference

Enduring Campaigns are a feature of warfare and in this context mean those operations that require a sustained, long-term presence of a military force in order to assist a country to achieve an acceptable end state.

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General Aviation Group Conference: Designing Light Aircraft - More Methods and Tools

Added on 01 November 2010 by Royal Aeronautical Society

Designing Light Aircraft - More Methods and Tools

The Conference will develop the theme successfully launched at the 2009 GAG Conference (Design Methods and Tools for Light Aircraft) which aimed to review design data, design software and affordable tools now available to designers and entrepreneurs.

The 2010 conference will address topics highlighted in the 2009 post-Conference reviews. It will build on the broad overview with further insight into the utility of specific computer tools, and specific aerodynamic, structural and manufacturing issues. Again we have invited speakers who are active in their fields so that presentations are pertinent to the design challenges of today.

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CONFERENCE: Autumn 2010 Flight Simulation

Added on 01 November 2010 by Royal Aeronautical Society

The Challenges for Flight Simulation - The Next Steps

Has Flight Simulation technology reached a plateau? Are there still challenges to be resolved?

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CONFERENCE: Spring 2010 Flight Simulation Conference

Added on 07 April 2010 by admin

Flight Simulation Technology: Future Potential

40th Anniversary of the First RAeS International Flight Simulation Symposium

The Royal Aeronautical Society’s Flight Simulation Group Conferences are both well established and highly successful. In 2010, it will be 40 years since the first such international symposium. To mark that anniversary, a special Conference will be held to examine the latest flight simulation technology, consider trends, define the challenges and review future opportunities.

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