Existing AMME Variable Stability Simulator
|Original Simulator Interior|
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.
The first development undertaken was to convert the software systems used by the simulator to Modular 2 code from the United Kingdom's, Cranfield University. Since then work has been undertaken to update the system from the outdated Modular 2 code to the newer X-Plane based system. At the end of 2006 a working X-Plane model had be implemented and was in working order. The current simulator's key features include:
- A replica Boeing 747 glass cockpit.
- 3 Degrees of Freedom hydraulically operated motion system.
- Hydraulic flight control loading system to load the yoke and rudder pedals.
- A/D converter system allowing conversion of analogue inputs to digital information
- 100 Mbit Ethernet network
- Variable Stability Module allowing the flight characteristics of the system to be altered.
- Two collimating monitors for external visuals.
- Several networked PC's for running the simulation software.
|New interior installed just after the University's acquisition||2008 interior installed with LCD pilot displays|
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The aircraft currently modelled in the VSFS include:
|General Dynamics F-111C|