Integration will be the watchword for Redbird moving into 2015
The big attractions at Redbird’s 2014 Migration Flight Training Conference all had one item in common: Integration. The story starts with the continuing development of Guided Individual Flight Training (GIFT), where the simulator itself guides the learner as they master Private Pilot maneuvers. Redbird now has lessons on the four fundamentals (straight-and-level, turning flight, climbs, and descents) as well as slow flight, stalls, normal takeoffs, normal landings, crosswind takeoffs, and crosswind landings. These will integrate into a complete curriculum that will take Redbird’s training tool from groundschool, through simulator and all the way out to the airplane. Expectations for the airplane also changed with the announcement of Connected Airplane. This system identifies the pilot through a chip in his or her ID badge and logs a host of information from the flight. When the airplane returns to the school, it automatically updates flight, maintenance and billing records wirelessly. Navigator is Redbird’s new platform for controlling its simulators, launching flights, accessing GIFT content—or almost anything else along the continuum of learning to fly. That’s because Navigator is a platform; think of it like the iPhone operating system. Navigator Apps can be loaded to provide an instructor station, watch training videos, assist with the preflight of an aircraft or whatever the app developer can dream up. Finally, Redbird announced ImagineFlight, a network for Redbird-powered flight schools to share in marketing efforts, content distribution and business development. ImagineFlight will bring the message of Redbird—an integrated, learner-guided, flight-training system—to the next generation of pilots. It looks like 2015 will be a big year for Redbird.
Expect to see the future flight training, including TRACE instructional technology, a “connected airplane,” the VTO Helicopter Simulator, and RedHawk training aircraft.
The summer airshow season has finished, but the Redbird team is hard at work preparing for the company’s flagship event: The Migration Flight Training Conference. Migration will be held October 27-29, 2014 at Redbird’s San Marcos Skyport training laboratory. This fall’s event will be the fourth Migration conference, and will offer more interactive sessions and more topic areas than ever before. The four most important topics will be student-led, experiential learning in simulators; a “connected” airplane that plays a direct role in student training, the economics of all-diesel training fleets, and motion simulation’s role in reducing primary helicopter training times. “Migration is where we open the doors to our customers and show how specific Redbird products or projects fit into our ultimate goal of revitalizing the industry,” says Charlie Gregoire, VP of Sales and Marketing for Redbird Flight Simulations. “For example, the Flying Challenge Cup was a terrific success. It proved TRACE technology can teach pilot skills without an instructor on board, so we’ll build on that system for our Guided Independent Flight Training, GIFT, system. However, it also showed how our efforts to reach potential pilots fell far short of our needs. So it’s time to break out from traditional challenges and find new ways to reach tomorrow’s students.” To find out more about the Migration Flight Training conference, sign up for the mailing list at migration-conference.com.
Twelve talented finalists will fly a Redbird simulator live, onstage at Oshkosh to see which
pilot, student pilot, and aviation enthusiast will take home the Flying Challenge Cup
Oshkosh, WI (July 27, 2014) – “When we opened the Flying Challenge at Sun n’ Fun last April, we didn’t know if we’d get a hundred participants or several thousand,” says Charlie Gregoire, VP of Sales and Marketing for Redbird. “So we’re pretty happy with the results.”
In total, nearly 2000 pilots, student pilots and aviation enthusiasts signed up for the Flying Challenge Cup. Not all lived close enough to a Redbird Simulator to compete; yet over 300 flew the challenge in 32 U.S. states, Canada, Australia, Panama and Saudi Arabia. In total, this group launched about 8000 times to try and better their performances—over 500 hours of flight time in Redbird simulators. Gregoire says the data collected watching pilots improve as they learn is a first for the industry.
“We’re taking the TRACE technology powering these challenges and building the next generation of flight training. That’s well underway, and we expect it will be part of active flight training before the end of the year,” says Gregoire.
The finalists range in age from 15 to 71 (details at http://tinyurl.com/pq7hghu). All have been invited to Oshkosh to the championship event, which will be filmed on stage in Boeing Plaza at 9:00 am. Airshow and race pilot Mike Goulian, EAA’s Hal Bryan and Flying magazine editor Robert Goyer will host the show. The final event is a flight at the virtual Oshkosh airshow, consisting of a short-field takeoff, a steep turn, and a precision landing to a stop all on (virtual) Oshkosh’s Runway 18. The video explanation is available at http://tinyurl.com/kukedmj.
“We’re privileged with this opportunity to bring 12 people to Oshkosh, most of whom have never been,” says Gregoire, “and it should be a terrific event. But the most exciting takeaway from this entire challenge is that TRACE works. People all over the world climbed into those simulators, got feedback on their performance, and felt compelled to do better—and they did get better, a lot better, time and time again.”