About the Jay

 

Finally a system that lets you get right to the good stuff: Flying.

Practicing at home is a great idea for pilots. You can keep your skills sharp and your mind in the cockpit even when you can't make it to the airport.

In reality, however, two obstacles deny a majority of pilots effective home flight simulation: purchasing and assembling the right hardware requires a PhD in computer know-how, and after flying around the virtual world for a bit, most pilots get bored. Redbird Flight Simulations, the world leader in FAA-approved flight simulators for general aviation, has addressed both these issues with the Jay.

The Jay contains the monitor, speakers, computer and flight controls—all-in-one unit that is ready to fly right out of the box. It boots up directly to a launch screen where you can select your airplane, airport and weather conditions. Push the green button and you're on a runway and ready to go.


Start-Up Procedure:

1. Put it on a table

2. Turn it on

3. Fly

Scenario-based flight experiences? It's Built In

The Jay is more than a simulator—it's a flight experience device supporting training, proficiency, and just plain fun! In addition to the free flight mode where you select the aircraft and conditions, the Jay has a scenario mode where you can load a preset scenario and fly it.

A scenario could range from a simple flight challenge to a complex flight with multiple potential outcomes. For example, a magazine article on an aircraft accident could be linked to a mission where the Jay owner flies that scenario. Redbird Media, a company specializing in curriculum for simulation, will create many of these scenarios in partnership with AOPA Pilot and other training outlets and magazines.

The scenario exchange will be open to any company wishing to create scenarios for the Jay. A one-button update on the Jay will load the latest scenarios available for free or that the owner has purchased.

The Jay home screen also has a built-in web browser to access scenario add-ons, such as video, or download simulator extensions such as additional aircraft or scenery.

The Jay is built by Redbird, a company whose full-motion simulators see thousands of hours of abuse every year. The Jay chassis is metal, not plastic. Control smoothness is paramount. The parts should last indefinitely. In addition, there are pilot-centric touches. For example, the yoke travel is equivalent to a typical Cessna or Piper single—about three times as far as most plastic flight sim yokes move.

The software powering the Jay is Lockheed Prepar3D (pronounced "prepared"). Prepar3D is an evolution of Microsoft's FSX, enhanced and expanded for professional-level simulation, including Redbird's full-motion simulators.

This means most of the many plug-ins, aircraft and communities designed for FSX will work flawlessly on the Jay.

Order your Jay today and you'll be on your way to the best all-in-one home flight experiences available—bar none.

What flight controls come with the Jay?
The Jay includes a control yoke with trim, throttle and mixture controls, and flap and magneto switches. The complete unit sits comfortably on most any table. Rudder pedals are optional.

 

Does The Jay come with rudder pedals?
Rudder pedals are not required to fly The Jay. However, if you would like to add rudder control, optional rudder pedals made by Saitek can be purchased with your Jay.

 

Does the Jay come with a mouse and keyboard?
A keyboard with an integrated trackpad is standard. Any Windows-compatible mouse should work with the Jay, however.

 

Can the Jay use Microsoft FSX add-ons?
Most add-ons for FSX should work with The Jay. However, these items are not supported by Redbird Flight Simulations.

 

Can the Jay fly in multiplayer mode or online virtual airspace?
Like the add-ons, these functions should work fine in most situations. But they are not supported by Redbird.

 

Can I get to the flight simulator menus for more advanced control?
During any flight, push ALT on your keyboard. You should see the Prepar3D menu bar at the top of the screen giving you access to all the normal options of Prepar3D. They will be quite familiar to anyone used to FSX.

 

How heavy is this thing?
The monitor and control unit combined is 46 pounds.

 

Forty-six pounds? What did you make it out of, wrought iron?
Hey, we told you it was solid. The other plus about the weight is it won't move around on the table even if you don't clamp it down.

 

Is The Jay an FAA-approved flight simulator?
No, The Jay cannot be used for logging approaches toward instrument currency under 14 CFR Part 61.57 (c). The Jay is still an excellent tool for instrument proficiency so you don't embarrass yourself when you fly some approaches with your buddy to log for legal currency. It's proficiency in your hands and head that keep you alive, not approaches noted in your logbook.

 

Will the Jay scenarios be free? For purchase? By subscription?
The short answer is "yes" to all three options. The development tools will be open and available to anyone. Some organizations will distribute their scenarios for free while other may charge a fee.

 

What about system updates? Are they included?
System updates are automatic so long as the Jay is connected to the internet. Every Jay has a built-in recovery partition to return it to factory specs in case of corruption.

 

Does the Jay have a warranty?
Click here to view the warrenty

  • AMD 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor
  • 4GB RAM
  • 160GB, 7200-RPM Hard Drive
  • ATI Radeon HD 4250 Video
  • 27-inch LCD (1920 x 1080 pixels)
  • Windows 7 Home Premium
  • Lockheed Prepar3D Flight Sim(the next generation of Microsoft Flight Simulator X)
  • Cessna 172SP with traditional instruments and Garmin G1000
  • Mooney Bravo with traditional instruments and Garmin G1000
  • Piper Cub (tailwheel)
  • Maule M-7 260C (tailwheel)
  • Extra 300 (aerobatic)
  • Cessna Grand Caravan (turboprop)
  • Beechcraft Baron 58 with traditional instruments and Garmin G1000
  • Beechcraft King Air 350(twin turboprop)
  • Lockheed Constellation "Connie"(four-engine, piston airliner)

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‘Flying’ magazine

“Two years ago at EAA AirVenture, Flying discussed with a number of friends in the industry the great opportunity we all had to use flight simulation technology to allow pilots to fly complex and risky flight scenarios without the risk to life and limb. Today that concept is a reality with the advent of the Jay. We at Flying look forward to working with Redbird to give our readers who own a Jay the opportunity to try their hand at flying the very same flights they read about in riveting detail in our magazine. A few clicks and you’re in awhole new world, thanks to this exciting new technology.”

Robert Goyer
Editor in Chief, Flying Magazine

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