IAF scouts for spatial disorientation simulator
With training truncated as a result of lack of trainer aircraft, and an increasing number of cases of disorientation being reported, the Indian Air Force (IAF) is going in for a fast-track purchase of a motion-based spatial disorientation simulator (SDS) for aircrew. The SDS will be required for demonstration of spatial disorientation, disorientation training in flight situations, flight simulation and night vision training and motion sickness desensitization. The IAF has stipulated that the disorientation illusions that the SDS should be capable of simulating must include coriolis, somatogyral, oculogyral, graveyard spin, nystagymus, autokinesis, black hole approach, dark take-off, sloped runway, among others specified in the RFP. This will be first simulator that the IAF will acquire specifically for ground training pilots in the grave threat of spatial disorientation. So far, it was included in ab initio and intermediate flight training with instructors. The IAF is looking for a dual cockpit simulator with adjustable pilot seats, duplicated flight controls, a full set of cockpit instruments, two-way communication with voice recording, simulated aircraft noise and vibrations. According to the RFP, the software must make available realistic representations of ground objects and include various terrains (such as hills, sea, snow, jungles and desert). Simulation of ground objects must include details such as power lines, wind power stations, power plants, houses, trees, rivers, dams, roads, railroads, bridges, ship, oil rig, lighthouses, etc.