The word simulation is an imitation of a situation or process. The concept of simulation was formed to create an artificial environment that relates with the real time scenarios. Simulation is done by a computer interface that creates a virtual reality within the inputs given by the designer.
In the past, when the simulators were not introduced in training of pilots, the training methods involved either theoretical practices or hands-on working on the aircraft. This proved to be dangerous as driving an aircraft directly without previous experience of working on one, led to many accidents that involved huge structural damages and loss of lives. These drawbacks of training systems resulted in the incorporation of simulation system in training of pilots and other areas, where training cannot be given directly.
The simulation is not only confined to airborne applications but also to land, sea and space applications in defence sector, where practical testing and working may become difficult. Some of the most commonly used types of simulators in aerospace and defense sectors are:
- Airborne simulators
- Land simulators
- Naval simulators
- Unmanned aircraft system simulators
These are the most commonly used simulators for training pilots in general aviation, commercial or military aircraft. Simulations are better alternatives in testing an aircraft’s survivability instead of costly physical test events. Several companies offer different flight training systems, which include fixed wing (aircraft) and rotary wing (helicopters). Lockheed Martin is one of the key players in simulator market. It provides C-130 Aircrew Training System, F-35 Lightning II Training Systems, and other training systems.
2. Land simulators:
Land simulators generally include on-land combat systems like tanks and armoured vehicles that simulate battlefield scenarios, which helps in finding innovative solutions and tactics that can be used in battlefield in the time of emergency. These can also be used by civilian people. One of the common uses of land simulators is in the transport industry during learning and testing of cars. This helps users to learn to ride cars and other vehicles without any accidents and damage.
3. Naval simulators:
Naval simulators are another type of simulators that are used in creating virtual scenarios that involve in naval battleships, marine ships, cargo, and passenger ships. These play an important role in training the ship crew and helmsman in natural disaster conditions like storm. ARI industries, one of the key players in simulator market, provides naval, marine, and other types of simulators.
4. Unmanned aircraft system simulators:
Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) simulators are used to train the pilots in controlling unmanned aircraft from the control station. Use of unmanned systems has been increasing over the years, especially in the defence sector and is expected to continue in the coming years. They can also be used in observation of natural resources, surveillance, assessing natural disasters, and several other applications. UAS simulation include simulated UAVs, payload simulation, training with actual ground station, and other simulations.
About the market
The Simulator Market is expected to register a CAGR of XX%, during the forecast period (2018-2023). Due to increasing fleet of aircraft around the world, the demand for efficient pilots is increasing, which is one of the driving factors of Simulator Market.
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