Full-motion training device in a compact size
The Redbird MX2 gives you the impressive benefits of a Redbird Advanced Aviation Training Device even when space is an issue. Offer your customers the high caliber training they’ve come to expect with this single pilot, small footprint, full-motion Redbird simulator. With a feature list to please even the most demanding pilot, the MX2 delivers compact, realistic, and effective training at a fraction of the cost of other devices.
Occupying as little as 9’x 12’ of floor space, the MX2 is uniquely capable of bringing high quality, full-motion training to any classroom. The MX2’s electric motion platform and wrap-around visual offer multi-million dollar realism at a price any flight school can afford. With a training environment this realistic, it’s no wonder the FAA has approved it as an AATD, allowing your students to log the training they receive in the MX2.
Does Motion Matter?
Redbird has learned from firsthand experience at their flight training laboratory, Skyport, that motion does matter, and for some less than obvious reasons. Pilots that learn primary flight skills in a device that provides accurate motion feedback transition to the real aircraft in less time because they know what it “feels like” to fly. They are less anxious in the cockpit, have better touch on the controls, and know why you need right rudder in the climb. Interestingly, having a full-motion simulator might be even more important for the flight school. At the end of the day, a flight school is a business that lives or dies by how many new customers it can acquire and how many current customers it can keep. A simulator equipped with a motion system has proven to be a huge marketing and customer retention advantage for the hundreds of schools that operate one.
Motion For Everyone
The Redbird MX2 comes equipped with an innovative, three-axis, electric motion platform. This one-of-a-kind system provides effective motion feedback for yaw, pitch, and roll. The system is clean and quiet enough to operate in a small classroom, but robust enough to stand up to years of hard use in a large professional pilot academy.
Total pitch movement – 50 degrees
Total yaw movement – 60 degrees
Total roll movement – 40 degrees
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 MX2 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 MX2. Let a student practice turns-around-a-point or show them the highway they’ll pass over on their long cross-country. With a worldwide terrain database to support the 200-degree visuals, the MX2 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 MX2 from a 172 with analog gauges to an 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 MX2 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 MX2 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 MX2 can be certified in just about any country that uses the FAA approval system.
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 flight 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.
Support, Education, Community
Redbird has built a range of services to help you get the most out of your simulator and make your business more successful while delivering high-quality training to your customers. Not only do you get access to the latest Redbird advancements, you’ll become a member an active group of like-minded flight training professionals. No other aviation manufacturer can match the level of support and community provided by Redbird.
|Exterior Shell||Aluminum cockpit enclosure|
|Motion Platform||Electrically driven, motion base capable of simulating roll, pitch and yaw motions.|
|Motion Control System||Hardware and software to safely command Motion Platform movements to enhance simulation with physical cues.|
|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’ x 12’ with a ceiling that is at least 8’ high
Electrical: US standard 110 volt, 15 ampm wall outlet
Internet: high speed connection is highly recommended