SimCom Training Centers (Booth No. N4907) announced at NBAA 2013 that it is using the Cygnus tool from Redbird Flight Simulations to link any aviation or navigation app running on an iPad, iPhone or iPod touch to a simulator. The “location” of the aircraft being flown in the simulator is passed to the portable device as if it were in an actual aircraft.
“We believe pilots should train the way they fly,” said Eric Hanson, president of Orlando, Fla.-based SimCom. “Cygnus allows SimCom customers to use GPS-enabled tablets in the same way they do in their aircraft.”
SimCom has installed Cygnus on its simulators, providing training for the Beechcraft King Air 350, B200 and C90, Pilatus PC-12 series, Piper Cheyenne II and Socata TBM700. Jet simulators may follow, depending on demand, said the company.