Frequetly Asked Questions
- What is 6-degree-of-freedom motion?
- What is F2Si's LCD Mosaic Wall™ external display?
- What areas of the world are covered by F2Si's database?
- Can the data in the F2Si external display be changed in any way?
- What aircraft does the MOTUS simulate?
- How much maintenance does the device require?
- What electrical service does the Motus simulator require?
- What are the building requirements for the MOTUS simulator?
- How hard is it to purchase replacement components for the MOTUS simulation device?
- Does F2Si provide 24/7 phone support?
- What is the typical delivery period?
- Can I buy a F2Si simulation device without the motion base?
- What are the prices for your training devices?
- What type of avionics instruments do you offer?
- Do you use real aircraft equipment?
- Are these units approved by the FAA or other Regulatory Authority? If so, what credits are available?
- Do you deal in aviation simulation only?
Q1: What is 6-degree-of-freedom motion?
On the F2Si 6-degree-of-freedom platform, the axes provided are pitch, roll, yaw, heave (up and down), surge (forward and back), and sway (side-to-side). F2Si has perfected low cost electric motion cueing, and provides the same axes of motion found on airline simulators costing many times more than the MOTUS simulation device. More
Q2: What is F2Si's LCD Mosaic Wall™ external display?
Unlike low-resolution projection displays typical of other training devices in its price range, the F2Si LCD Mosaic Wall provides a crisp, high resolution view of the outside world on LCD displays arranged in the cockpit “mosaic” style. These LCD displays are configured in different ways for different simulation devices, but in all cases they provide a crispness and texture unavailable on projection displays in much more expensive training devices. More
Q3: What areas of the world are covered by F2Si's database?
F2Si provides a worldwide airport, topographical, and navaid database with all its MOTUS simulation devices, so flight training can take place at any locale required for that training session.
Q4: Can the data in the F2Si external display be changed in any way?
The F2Si airport, topographical and navaid database is also fully configurable. If surrounding terrain or taxiways as delivered are not exactly the same as at the actual airport, they can easily be reconfigured to match. This includes any changes in the future.
Q5: What aircraft does the MOTUS simulate?
The low cost MOTUS Reconfigurable flight simulation device is reconfigurable among many different aircraft by changing the primary instrument display and the aerodynamic model. As a base offering, the MOTUS Reconfigurable includes a Single Engine Piston (Cessna 172), a Twin Engine Piston (Beech Baron G58), and a Twin Turbine (Cessna 550 or Embraer 170). Many other models are available to match your fleet. There can be more than 3 models and they do not need to include any other the ones listed above. For single flight model requirements, you might be interested in our type-specific simulation devices for any fixed wing aircraft or rotorcraft. More
Q6: How much maintenance does the device require?
F2Si has designed their devices to keep maintenance to a minimum. The all electric motion and dynamic control loading system use a proven motor system, avoiding all of the “rags and bags” associated with old hydraulic motion systems. Overall, it is important to have access to a person who is knowledgeable in IT networking and troubleshooting as well as backing up and restoring PC images.
Q7: What electrical service does the MOTUS simulator require?
For installation in the United States, most of our full motion devices including the MOTUS Reconfigurable require a 208v, three phase service. We can also support other power services in foreign countries. Please inquire for any simulation applications outside the U.S.
Q8: What are the building requirements for the MOTUS simulator?
The ideal space for a MOTUS Reconfigurable flight training device is 20 ft. long, 13.5 ft. wide and 10.5 ft. high. These dimensions represent enough room to allow for full motion, a buffer zone for people to walk around the moving device, and enough room to open the access doors. The room access should be approximately 9 ft. x 9 ft. F2Si can work with any customer to place the MOTUS simulator in a suitable location.
Q9: How hard is it to purchase replacement components for the MOTUS simulation device?
Another F2Si innovation is the adoption of commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) components to the maximum extent possible. Motion base motors, potentiometers, and variable speed drives are commonly available in cities around the world. The components used in the computers are all commonly available as well, and utilize the Windows 7 operating system. If there are any special or long lead time parts used in the device, it will be offered in a spares package.
Q10: Does F2Si provide 24/7 phone support?
Q11: What is the typical delivery period?
The typical production time for the MOTUS Reconfigurable simulation device is about 14 weeks, but also depends on the workload at the time of order. For type-specific simulation devices the production period is longer, but depends entirely on the design requirements.
Q12: Can I buy a F2Si simulation device without the motion base?
F2Si believes there is great value in exposing the pilot to the vestibular cues found in actual flight, and “task loading” the pilot in a manner that is impossible in a static training device. But for training applications which positively do not require a motion base, F2Si provides a full line of static simulation devices. More
Q13: What are the prices for your training devices?
F2Si takes pride in offering devices that are specifically built to meet the customer’s needs. Since each unit is customized, it is hard to offer pricing for any unit without first discussing the details. Please contact us to discuss your needs and associated pricing.
Q14: What type of avionics instruments do you offer?
F2Si offers any kind of avionics. This includes legacy equipment or new advanced technology that has just been introduced to the market. More
Q15: Do you use real aircraft equipment?
For the type specific devices we common use real parts. These can be throttle quadrants or as much as a complete cockpit. We have worked with aircraft manufacturers to procure parts directly from the assembly line as well as sourced salvaged parts. If you have a non-airworthy aircraft F2Si can work with you to incorporate the components into a training device.
F2Si also uses real avionics and instruments in some devices. Line Replaceable Units (LRUs) from Garmin, Collins, Bendix King and Universal Avionics to name a few have been installed in these training devices. STIMulating the OEM equipment provides a high level of specificity in both functionality and tactile feel. More
Q16: Are these units approved by the FAA or other Regulatory Authority? If so, what credits are available?
F2Si can work with the regulatory authority of any country to achieve the necessary approval level required for your training program. You will need to contact your local authority to determine what specific credits are available under each approval level. More
Q17:Do you deal in aviation simulation only?
No. Even though our name (Fidelity Flight Simulation) suggests, we offer more than just flight simulation. This is part of the reason for our name change to F2Si. We have completed non-aviation devices which are discussed here.