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A new generation of flight simulators gives fighter pilots a 360-degree view of the world

October 19, 2011 | Hogan Keyser
The ultimate in virtual reality: New simulator which gives fighter pilots a 360-degree view of the world

By Daily Mail Reporter 17th October 2011 via ISPR
- A Belgian company has unveiled the ultimate fighter jet training tool: a fully immersive 360-degree flight simulator designed to reproduce reality exactly as a pilot sees it.

The dome is the first flight simulator to give trainee pilots a full, unobstructed 360 degree view of the world as they conduct virtual missions.

'It's not an improvement, it's a new generation of simulators,' Geert Matthys, research and development manager at Barco, said.

'If a pilot has a cockpit where he can see 360 degrees, he also needs to be trained in a system which supplies 360 degrees, all deviation from real life can be dangerous,' he added.

The simulator can be used connected to other machines, with several pilots working together to play out complex training missions such as mid-air refueling.

'For the first application there will be eight systems positioned next to each other and they will do mission training with each other,' said project manager Kathy Verledens.

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