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Virtual Reality in high fidelity Flight Simulation

Project description

VR pilot lessons take flight

VR is gaining ground in flight training. Not only is it cheaper than flying a real aeroplane, but it’s also better for students; they learn faster and more efficiently. High-fidelity (Hi-Fi) flight models are the core of full-flight simulators. These models are designed to replicate the aerodynamics that rule how aircraft fly and how they react to flight control inputs and external physical conditions such as turbulence, wind and precipitation. These models represent only 5 % of the total cost of a full-flight simulator, which costs an estimated EUR 25 million. In this context, the EU-funded VR-FS project will integrate the Hi-Fi flight models with VR to eliminate the high costs related to hardware.


The adoption of flight simulation slowly started after the Second World War, as a disruptive innovation in the training of aviation pilots. Its enormous potential for cost savings was the driving force for its progressive adoption. Currently, the cost of a training session in a Full Flight Simulator (FFS) is estimated to be between 5-20% of the cost of a session in a real aircraft.
High fidelity (HI-FI) flight models are the core of Full Flight Simulators, as models replicate the aerodynamics that rule how aircraft fly and how they react to flight control inputs and to external physical conditions (turbulence, wind, precipitation, ...). These models represent “only” 5% of the total cost of a FFS, which is in the average of €25 million, since the hardware equipment comprises very complex motion platforms (required for 6-degree of freedom, in order to emulate movements and acceleration of a real aircraft) and aircraft cockpits (specific for each aircraft model, replicating the real instrumentation panel and flight controls) mounted on the platform.
Our solution is the integration of HI-FI Flight Models in Virtual Reality (VR), creating a VR FFS that eliminates the high costs related to hardware in the current FFS, lowering the price of FFS from €25M to €125K.
During the 5 months of execution of Phase 1 we will validate the technical, operational and financial viability of our solution.

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Net EU contribution
€ 50 000,00
Universiteler mah ihsan dogramaci bul silikon blok zk16 odtu zk16
06800 Ankara

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Batı Anadolu Ankara Ankara
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 21 429,00