FlyThisSim flight simulator users are able to go global after the company’s TouchTrainer device integrated worldwide navigational data into its system Feb. 10.
The San Jose, California-based training device company announced that increasing worldwide demand for its realistic flight training systems caused the company to expand its horizons.
“TouchTrainer customers can now switch their simulators to fly approaches into airfields in any country,” said FlyThisSim co-CEO Carl Suttle, in a news release. “Besides the navigational data a whole host of other geographical data was required to maintain our high fidelity PFD and MFD simulations including shaded relief maps, coastline and political boundaries, lakes, airways and airspace data.”
The new international data allows users to “create, load and save flight plans, including GPS and ground based approaches, into their TouchTrainers and then fly mission rehearsal or instructional missions into airports of interest,” Suttle said in the release.
The company said its TouchTrainers are already FAA-approved and it is working to gain additional local approvals from aviation authorities in Europe, Canada, and Australia. Suttle cautioned, however, that the overseas approval process may take some time.
FlyThisSim markets its fixed-wing and rotary flight simulators to flight schools, colleges, and individual pilots with rotorcraft, single-engine, and twin-engine aircraft configurations with Garmin, Avidyne, and King instrumentation.