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11-10-10, 02:55 PM   #10
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I wouldn't hardly know where to begin... best bet is to let him have the keyboard and ask away... I'd be happy to answer his questions.

In a nutshell, neither of those are real helicopters, they're just built to look and act like the real thing. The cockpits are absolutely realistic but everything is simulated in software. The electrical systems and equipment all look like the real thing, but have been modified so we can read all of the inputs and control all of the outputs.

Our software lets us simulate how the hardware works "normally" as well as to assert failed conditions and simulate things like battle damage, shorts, open wires, failed equipment, etc. We control all of the systems, produce simulated flight displays, etc.

In short, we simulate every normal behavior and every "broken" behavior in the system within the limits of the training intent of the equipment. It won't fly, but it does just about everything else.

Anyway... by all means, give him the keyboard and let him fire away with questions and I'll do my best to answer them.

EDIT: I'll go back and edit the posts to add a description of each picture when I get home this evening.

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