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An analysis of low-cost simulated flight management systems for aviation research

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3 Author(s)
Klein, K.A. ; Center for Adv. Aviation Syst. Dev., MITRE Corp., McLean, VA, USA ; Eckberg, H. ; Dean, R.H.

High fidelity Flight Management System (FMS) simulators are available as add-ons for Microsoft Flight Simulator. These FMS add-ons cost no more than $100 and are used by virtual pilots on personal computers to enhance the realism of their aviation experience. Are these low-cost simulators sufficiently capable to support NextGen aviation research? This paper assesses the fidelity of these low-cost desktop simulators by comparing simulated flight tracks, from several varieties of simulated FMS, to operational flight tracks from commercial airlines using real FMSs, and flight tracks produced by a GE Aviation FMS test bench. Some uncertainty exists in the results of ground speed analysis; however the lateral and vertical flight profiles produced by the FMS simulators correlate well with the test bench output and operational data.

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Digital Avionics Systems Conference, 2009. DASC '09. IEEE/AIAA 28th

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23-29 Oct. 2009