January 2012 Issue

For about $80,000, the FMX model offers motion, wrap-around visuals and a panel that can reconfigure from a glass cockpit to steam gauges in minutes.

Redbird’s Bold Move: Sim-Centric GA Training

In four years, Redbird Flight Simulations went from a prototype to becoming the largest sim company in the world. Now they’re trying to reinvent flight training.

In 2007, Redbird Flight Simulations had a prototype flight simulator that basically consisted of Microsoft Flight Simulator on several screens and a moving cockpit enclosure. We flew it for two minutes before it broke. Things have improved since then. Today the company ships better than one a simulator a day, if you count both their tabletop version and full-motion enclosures. Most are reconfigurable, GA sims, but they also build custom simulators for specific aircraft such as the King Air C90. With over 430 units in the field now (223 full-motion), Redbird is the largest simulator company in the world in terms of devices sold.

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