Motion Platform Replicates Actual Conditions
Redbird Flight Simulations, Inc., announced Tuesday it has
signed an agreement, which will make Redbird the exclusive dealer
for the Xwind 200 Crosswind Landing Trainer, designed by Xwind,
The company tells ANN it will market the crosswind trainer
alongside its own line of full motion simulators, making motion
training devices affordable and readily accessible to the general
aviation and flight training industry.
The Redbird Xwind is a skills-trainer that teaches proper
crosswind landing techniques, making pilots more proficient in one
of the most accident-prone aspects of flight.
The NTSB reported 2684 weather-related, general aviation
accidents from 1995 to 2001. Of those, 45% were due to crosswinds
and gusts. By employing an electric motion platform that provides
60 degrees of roll, 90 degrees of yaw, and 14 feet of lateral
drift, the Xwind sharpens the stick and rudder skills necessary to
safely land in these challenging conditions.
"I'm thrilled about the benefits that we bring to market by
joining forces with Redbird," said Xwind founder and president,
Brad Whitsitt. "We are truly positioned to make motion based
training available to all pilots of regardless of skill level."
"The combination of Redbird and Xwind delivers compelling value
for our customers," added Todd Willinger, Redbird CEO. "It allows
us to extend our leadership in providing exceptional motion based
flight simulation at a price point that all flight training
programs can afford."
Redbird Flight Simulations unveiled the new Redbird Xwind,
alongside their FMX full motion flight simulator, at this year's
EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh. Both units are available for
demonstration at the Redbird headquarters in Austin, TX and can be
seen at air-shows and conferences around the country in the coming