FlyThisSim, a company known for producing affordable touchscreen desktop simulators, is stepping up. The TouchTrainer FM (FM210) is a high-fidelity skills trainer with a 210-degree panoramic visual system.
Although most of the company’s devices have been sold to individual pilots up to this point, CEO Carl Suttle said the FM210 fits well in the flight school environment. Whereas the previously released devices were mostly procedures trainers, Suttle said he thinks the field of view in the new FM210 is good enough to teach skills, such as takeoffs, landings, and flying fundamentals.
The display is a combination of X-Plane and the company’s own software. The touchscreen avionics are all the company’s own design. Suttle said there are 21 man-years of development in the avionics alone.
A key benefit of having touchscreen avionics is the ability to change aircraft quickly. Roughly 120 different aircraft configurations are available, in dozens of avionics configurations. Changing from a Cirrus to a Cessna takes about two minutes, and additional aircraft are relatively inexpensive.
The FM210 retails for $30,000 including a warranty, remote support, and national navigation data.