About the Variable Stability Flight Simulator

For more information about the VSFS, follow the appropriate links below:

About Flight Simulation

A flight simulator is any system that attempts to reproduce the experience of flying as realistically and accurately as possible. Flight simulation is necessary because unlike many other vehicles aircraft are complex systems that are extremely hazardous to fly without the proper training. Moreover, every different type of aircraft is a unique system that can exhibit extremely different flight stability characteristics. Read more...

The Existing Simulator

The simulator currently under development is an ex QANTAS, Link trainer based on the Boeing 707-338 series of aircraft. After leaving QANTAS in 1979 the simulator was used by Air Lingus until 1986 when it was purchased by the RAAF.
In August 1999 the simulator was acquired by the School of Aeronautical, Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering, at the University of Sydney, where development began through a number of undergraduate thesis projects to advance the capabilities of the simulator. Read more...

VSFS Goals and Objectives

The major aim of the VSFS is to produce an educational asset to the AMME faculty. The majority of the features that have previously been developed for the simulation have all been aimed at producing an educational tool.
In addition, the simulator is harnessed as a research tool in areas such as flight automation, controller design and visual systems. Read more...

Photos

A showcase of photos of the Variable Stability Flight Simulator and the teams of undergraduate and postgraduate students who make use of it. View more...

Videos

An archive of introductory and informative videos of the Variable Stability Flight Simulator compiled by students. View more...