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Flexible Display Options

Monday, March 12th, 2012

ATC training facilities have varying requirements in terms of the fidelity of their simulation systems. These requirements evolve not only from curriculum goals, but also from marketing concerns … a high-fidelity training lab can help attract students looking for cutting-edge simulation.

How does one define “high-fidelity” in this context? Does a sim lab need to have a full 360 degree wrap-around tower visuals in order to claim high-fidelity? I am of the opinion that fidelity in the ATC training lab refers more to the degree of accuracy with which different situations can be simulated. The visuals are certainly important, especially for tower training, but I think the size and scale of the visuals serve just as much as a marketing draw as they do for immersion level, if not more so.

It is for this reason that Metacraft offers the SimCab solution with display options ranging from a single desktop monitor, up to full 360 degree wrap-around projection systems. The customer can choose the right amount of “wow factor” for their budget, and high-fidelity simulation capabilities are there regardless of the display system choice.

New Web Site, New Products

Monday, March 12th, 2012

The SimSuite product family now has all its members. In addition to the flagship products, SimScope and SimTarget, we now offer a solution for high-fidelity tower and ground controller training. SimCab is built on the proven Prepar3D simulation engine from Lockheed Martin, and it can be deployed in a virtually unlimited number of display configurations. (More on that in a later post.)

Recognizing the need for a cost-effective yet capable voice switching system, we’ve also added SimVox to the product portfolio.

Top it off with a newly-designed website to showcase the full product set, and you’ll see why we haven’t had a whole lot of sleep lately. We’re very excited about the results, however, and we’re proud to offer the greatly-enhanced platform to our customers.