Computer Hardware and Simulation Gaming for Aviation Safety Considered

Modern day computer hardware is getting quite robust, and there is about 10 times the computing power in a smart phone as was used to fly the first Space Shuttle, maybe more. Still, when it comes to operating today’s aircraft simulators the computer hardware is intense, and these simulators can cost a ton of money. Because they cost so much the time to use them becomes very valuable, therefore most airlines only use them as required to check out their pilots, or train them for certification on the next aircraft that pilot needs to fly so he or she can get their type rating and satisfactorily prove they are safe.

The other day, I was speaking with an expert in computer online gaming communities, Troy Laclaire, about the use of simulators in aviation, and how great these tools were for complying with safety standards and preventing mistakes in the real world, carrying real passengers, when it really mattered most. One question we pondered was should airline pilots, commercial pilots, charter pilots, and fractional jet pilots be required to fly with another pilot to an airport first prior to going there as the pilot in command for the first time.

If such an onerous rule were to be made by the FAA, what about simulators, couldn’t a pilot merely fly the last 5-10 minutes on approach and take-off to each airport that the airline generally went too? Maybe, but in the case of a charter jet, that might mean they’d spend 100s of hours in a simulator and that costs a lot of money right? Okay so is there a solution to all this? Troy has come up with one potential solution, so lets’ talk about this shall we. First, Troy notes:

The only problem with this is that simulators are not exactly cheap to run and each simulation takes a fair amount of time, and far as I understand simulators are mostly used to get pilots comfortable with flying a particular plane type. However, since the pilots are generally already familiar with flying their planes (at least I should hope so) and nearly everyone has computers these days, it is possible that you could have a DVD series created to cover the routes, based around actual flights, and then have the pilots use their computers to run these so that they can get some familiarity with the airports.

Now then, this is a good idea, and it makes sense, a perfect solution, plus it also stands to reason that a gaming expert would come up with this concept. Okay so, Troy also suggests that we “provide the pilots with a take home DVD, basic flight-sim gaming controls, and they can use these to get some muscle memory.” This too makes sense, keeping it simple, and perfect for a last-minute booking for a fractional jet, or charter flight, as the pilot can merely practice a couple of ILS approaches, missed approach, take-off, and navigating the taxi ways, etc.

Troy, being a computer hardware engineer, and quite the prudent safety advisor also states; “Alternatively, have a “pilots room” setup where a pilot can run through a video/basic simulator of a previous flight that has already flown that route, letting them get a rough idea of what to expect when going to an airport they are not yet familiar with.”

Okay so that’s pretty easy, it can be set up in the break room of the local Jet Center, or at an FBO etc. Perhaps, for $10-20 they can shoot a couple of landings at the desired future airport that they will be flying too? Perhaps, it might also be available to ALL general aviation pilots, the DVDs and a flight simulator room at the local FBO, etc. May as well keep the system busy and paying for itself, perhaps it might also spit out certificates of completion and aviation insurance companies may consider lowering rates too? Indeed, I hope you will consider all this and think on it.

Free Mobile Games Download is a Key to Entertainment

We all are in search of entertainment from the things around us. Mobile phones, which are chief medium to establish communication with our near and dear ones, are also serving entertainment at its fullest. Music player, camera, radio are the extended addition to the list of entertaining features of mobile phones, earlier it was only games which was the entertainment giving feature.

‘Snakes’ games was the earliest game played on the mobile phones, but as with time, technology took a great lap and invention over invention are being made, resultant comes in picture in the form of hi-tech end of a mobile phones. Now if you are craving to play some other games that are not possessed by your mobile phones then you can easily download games to your mobile phones through Internet, as per your requirements.

Gaming has become an amazing blend of entertainment as well as skills to improve one’s brain power. There are wide variety of games available for the gamers. Choice lies totally in the lap of players. Starting from car racing, chess, scrabble, arcades, board games to puzzles, every genre of game is available to fulfill one’s requirement. Downloading Games to Mobile Phones from websites can be done in a two simple ways. Firstly, a GPRS active phone will purposely fulfill your need, Internet access in the mobile phone will enable you to download mobile game, but it might ask you to pay little amount. Secondly, for those phones which don’t have Internet facility, games are first downloaded to PC from the Internet and then are transferred to mobile phones through USB cables or bluetooth facility. There are many websites that offers free mobile games.

Among variety of mobile games, Play Online Flash games are gaining popularity and fascinating players to a large extent. Games in which every step is highlighted with amazing, sparkling lighting, special sound effects and exclusive shots are the prior choice of gamers when they visit to play games. Flash, an adobe software, makes the process quite lively and while playing it creates an illusion, as if, you are one of the character from the game. It entertains players and easily establish interaction among friends. Through its multi player gaming session, friends staying at a distant place can enjoy the same game at the same time. Playing free mobile games brings the feeling of happiness to the gamers who want to spend their free time playing exciting games on the Internet. Moreover, the gamers are not burdened with the amount, as they do not obliged to play anything for Play online games. So, have fun with the exciting applications on your motile phones.

Mobile Games in the New Millennium

The days of Atari, Sega Genesis, and Nintendo 64 are long gone! However, they have paved the way for the future of video gaming. These stand alone systems provided graphics that beat that of any other device, however, there was no mobile capacity and gamers needed to actually be present to play one another. Soon super computers stepped in, and allowed gamers to play other games on the other side of the Globe. Thus, Microsoft Xbox and PlayStation begun to introduce internet capacity for game play and tournaments online and around the world.

As the world begins to shift towards the mobile era, we have phones and mobile platforms that can all that will be able to all that and more! PlayStation PSP still remains one of the best mobile gaming devices, however, Apple is fast approaching with the iPod, iPhone, and iPad. While the iPhone stirred developers to create new applications that would solely be for the iPhone, the iPad has a much larger spectrum of opportunities for gamers. Not only is the screen bigger, but the iPad and future generations should be able to run games that were developed for other platforms, and not only mobile platforms. This is what I call mobile convergence, and it’s when all gaming devices converge and become open for use on multiple platforms. If your a gamer and don’t like playing games on the iPhone, you may want to wait until the second or third generation of the iPad.

So get ready mobile gamers, convergence is soon upon us and I will see you on top of the Global leader boards!