FAA certified Advanced Aviation Training Device with wrap-around visuals
Expand your training capabilities and keep your students’ skills sharp. The versatile Redbird LD is the perfect solution for flight schools and individual pilots that need the power of a Redbird simulator in their home or office. The LD is FAA certified as an Advanced Aviation Training Device and comes equipped with all of the standard features of a Redbird SD, but without a cockpit enclosure and pilot seats.
The Redbird LD is an ideal choice for flight schools and home users that don’t have the available space for an SD or FMX but still need wrap-around visuals, realistic flight controls, and interchangeable cockpits. Besides being a great choice for flight schools, it’s a fantastic addition for the individual pilot dedicated to maintaining instrument currency and keeping skills sharp when they can’t be flying the real thing.
In the past, simulators have been used almost exclusively for instrument instruction and a single screen was all you needed to show the runway when the student broke out at minimums. But why limit your customers' training and your profit if you don’t have to? The Redbird LD is a great primary training platform, thanks in large part to its expansive visual displays. You can still put ’em in the soup if needed, but accurately simulating VFR flights opens up a huge range of uses for the LD. Let a student practice turns-around-a-point or show them the highway they’ll pass over on their long cross-country. With a world-wide terrain database to support the 200-degree visuals, the LD lets your customers experience the view from the cockpit before they ever leave the ground.
One Simulator, Dozens of Airplanes
Gone are the days when every aircraft in the fleet had the same avionics package. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could offer a simulator for every type and panel in your fleet without needing to spend a few hundred thousand dollars? Redbird thought so too; that’s why they designed their innovative, quick-change aircraft configuration system. In less than 10 minutes, your instructors can switch the LD from a 172 with analog gauges to a SR22 Perspective to a Baron 58 with a 430/530, or any of the 30+ aircraft configurations we offer. From the latest in glass panel technology to the old 6-pack and lots of GPS/Radio stacks in between, the LD can meet just about any need.
Loggable Time, Valuable Training
We are firm believers in simulation-centric training and we know the value of the LD far outpaces the loggable hours—at the end of the day, we all want credit for our work. That’s why Redbird made sure the LD can be certified in just about any country. The FAA has approved it as an Advanced Aviation Training Device, it meets the requirements for EASA FNTP qualification, and many other authorities recognize the value of training in the LD.
With Control Loading
When someone talks about a simulator, the fact that “it doesn’t feel like the real thing” almost always comes up. While that might not be a big deal when you’re teaching instrument procedures, this lack of “feel” turns most devices into a paper weight when you try to teach basic aircraft handling. The primary culprit of “simulator feel” is the traditional spring-loaded yoke system that has been the industry standard since the 1940s.
The Redbird Control Loading system is a mechanically simple, inexpensive force feedback system that takes the realism of your simulator experience to a completely new level. It allows your customers to learn how the aircraft controls will feel at various trim and airspeed combinations. In fact, you’ll be able to teach the core building blocks of flight on the ground before a customer ever tries to manhandle the real aircraft into level flight. The Redbird Control Loading system is small, clean, quiet, and on our single yoke simulators, portable.
The Control Loading system measures the amount, velocity and density of the airflow over or around the control surface. The trim of the airplane has a large effect on the control force for pitch and is a primary consideration of the Control Loading system in pitch. The system also takes into account any inherent force that is applied by the actual control system in the class of airplane simulated. These measurements are intergraded into the aerodynamic modeling and the Control Loading system operates in parallel to the fight dynamics simulation.
The system uses electric motors, pulleys, springs and sliding tracks to change the physical force required to move the control input device. The physical movement or change in tension of the control input device is accomplished within 20 milliseconds of the command being issued by the control loading system.
|Exterior Shell||3-sided, aluminum enclosure.
|Visual System||200°, wrap-around visuals with world-wide terrain database.|
|Primary Flight Control||Single yoke/center stick/side stick with optional Control Loading system. Interchangeable depending on aircraft configuration.
|Rudder Pedals||Standard rudder pedals with differential brakes.
|Throttle Quadrant||Controls for throttle, propeller, and mixture as appropriate to aircraft being simulated. Interchangeable depending on aircraft configuration.
|Avionics Panel||Controls for flight instruments, GPS(s), radio(s), and autopilot as appropriate to aircraft being simulated. Interchangeable depending on aircraft configuration.
Room size: at least 9.5’ x 5’
Electrical: US standard 110 volt, 15 amp wall outlet
Internet: High speed connection is highly recommended