The Texas-based company founded in 2006 to make general aviation more accessible with low-cost simulation sports a Texas-sized simulator in its AirVenture exhibit, though the massive cockpit replica (the yokes are a few feet wide) is one of few Redbird creations not made specifically to teach or maintain flying skills.
Participants can use Redbird training devices (including 12 Redbird LD simulators, one MCX full-motion system, and a Redbird Xwind) equipped with the Sidekick data collection system and a new debriefing application, an online hub that allows users to debrief in detail and electronically log their simulation. Participants can choose from 32 flight scenarios and then visit Redbird Landing online to review and log their electronic flying.
The center also will host daily technical talks on VFR and IFR topics, and those, along with simulator training, are eligible for FAA Wings credit. The EAA Pilot Proficiency Center is sponsored by several industry groups and companies, including AOPA and many others.
Redbird also announced upgrades to its FAA-approved aviation training devices, including additional monitors to enhance the field of view, and an update of the Parrot communications training system that allows students and pilots to sharpen their radio skills with realistic radio calls and responses. The Scarlet system, also updated, allows instructors to control simulation sessions with simple voice commands.
Redbird Founder Jerry Gregoire, addressing a crowd gathered for a reception, said the company continues to innovate, and not just in the interest of making their training devices more effective.
“We work on them because they’re just really cool technologies,” Gregoire said. He also marveled at the success of the company’s Winging It video series, an online feature that follows Brittney Miculka’s aviation adventures leading up to Oshkosh. “It’s amazing how popular Winging It has become,” Gregoire said, noting the online series has logged more than 150,000 views. It is “one of the most interesting things we did this year.”