Date Added: Sep 2009
Modern software and hardware solutions available for engineering flight simulation are divided in commonly distributed desktop data and aircraft visualization and high fidelity image generators for pilot in the loop simulation. Recent performance improvements in computer hardware, especially the availability of affordable 3D accelerated graphics boards, allow high-quality real-time three-dimensional visualization of aircraft motion, configuration as well as environment variables. Thus the recent 3D hardware trends tend to facilitate in achieving realistic simulation on desktop computers. The presented system unifies and incorporates both aspects of accurate real-time data visualization and aircraft representation as well as high fidelity realistic multi-channel image generation for flight simulation.