Design and Implementation of a Distributed Multi-Pilot Engineering Flight Simulation Facility Conference Paper uri icon


  • This paper discusses the transition from a UNIX-based single-cockpit simulation system running on an SGI Onyx visualization system to a PC-based distributed simulation network consisting of a fixed-base cockpit simulator and three additional piloted simulation stations. The transition is driven by the need for increased performance and capability combined with the desire to reduce operating and maintenance costs. The simulation facility is used for many different research and educational purposes, so flexibility and expandability are very important traits. Throughout the redesign and upgrade, the decisions are based on using inexpensive commercial off-the-shelf hardware and software where available. The results of the upgrade prove that it is possible to create a high-fidelity flight simulation facility at a relatively low cost by using off-the-shelf PC hardware and software.

name of conference

  • AIAA Modeling and Simulation Technologies Conference and Exhibit

published proceedings

  • AIAA Modeling and Simulation Technologies Conference and Exhibit

author list (cited authors)

  • Doebbler, J., Rong, J., Ding, Y., Spaeth, T., & Valasek, J.

citation count

  • 3

complete list of authors

  • Doebbler, James||Rong, Jie||Ding, Yuanyuan||Spaeth, Theresa||Valasek, John

publication date

  • August 2005