Document Type : Research Paper
Military and civilian flight simulators have progressed vastly over the past ten years. Computer, electronic and robotic advances have made the simulators improve day by day and become more efficient in piloting training, and, given the growing need for them, this industry has become one of the most important industries in the air transport sector, and today we can see that flight simulators are one of the key factors in flight programs.
The first simulator was used in the 1920s under the name Link Trainer, nicknamed the Blue Box in the United States. Subsequently, simulators and flight training systems on the ground developed and advanced dramatically, so that the business of the industry was $ 1 billion in 2000, and it is estimated that in 2007 this figure will reach 1.6 billion dollars.
In recent years, only 30% of this amount has been allocated to the private sector in civilian aircraft, but due to the declining investment of countries in military sections and the increased use of air lines following economic prosperity, it is anticipated that private sector will overtake military section and attract more investment.
Simulators include three types of systems: full simulators, medium-range flight training tools, and new software applications that work with home computers.