Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
n. simulator consisting of a machine on the ground that simulates the conditions of flying a plane [syn: trainer]
A flight simulator is a device that artificially re-creates aircraft flight and the environment in which it flies, for pilot training, design, or other purposes. It includes replicating the equations that govern how aircraft fly, how they react to applications of flight controls, the effects of other aircraft systems, and how the aircraft reacts to external factors such as air density, turbulence, wind shear, cloud, precipitation, etc. Flight simulation is used for a variety of reasons, including flight training (mainly of pilots), the design and development of the aircraft itself, and research into aircraft characteristics and control handling qualities.
A flight simulator is a device that artificially re-creates aircraft flight and various aspects of the flight environment. Those not for flight training or aircraft development may be referred to as amateur flight simulators.
Flight simulator or flight simulation may also refer to:Specific flight simulation programs
Microsoft Flight Simulator, a series of flight simulators sold and developed by Microsoft between 1982 and 2009
- Flight Simulator (subLOGIC software), a series of flight simulators in the early 1980s, and the basis for early versions of Microsoft Flight Simulator
- Flight Simulation (Psion software), released in 1982 under the "Sinclair" banner for ZX81, ZX Spectrum and TS-1000 computers (also sold as The Flight Simulator in the US and as Flug-Simulation)
Combat Flight Simulator WWII Europe Series, the first version of combat flight simulators from Microsoft Game Studios, released in 1998
- Combat Flight Simulator 3: Battle for Europe, a combat flight simulation game released by Microsoft in 2002
- Combat flight simulator, video games used to simulate military aircraft and their operations
- RC flight simulator, a computer program that allows pilots of radio-controlled aircraft to practice on a computer
- Space flight simulator game, a genre of flight simulator video games that lets players experience space flight
- Full flight simulator, a term used by National (civil) Aviation Authorities (NAA) for a high technical level of Flight simulator
Usage examples of "flight simulator".
It took a few hours to reprogram the ERV flight simulator to mimic the behavior of the vehicle with the central flight control CPU out of the loop.
Using the new piece of engineering technology, the computer, NASA built the first full-scale flight simulator.
But the flight simulator that all the members of his cohort trained on—.
He ran the Norton Flight Simulator and Pilot Training program with Germanic efficiency.
He had not been with her these past two days while she trained for hypersonic spaceplane duty at the Space Command HTS flight simulator at Little Rock, then went to Southern California for the launch.
After some twenty hours in Yeovilton in the flight simulator, he had flown Harriers in normal configuration of rolling take-offs and landings.
He's down at Pax River today on a flight simulator, learning to be an airedale again.
He'd been born with the intellect, eyesight and lightning-fast reflexes, but the rest was the result of countless hours of study, of practice, of drilling himself in the flight simulator until every reaction was automatic and instantaneous.