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Aero-TV: VirtualFly’s Cessna 208 Caravan Simulator Impresses

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A subsidiary of Aircat Global Aeronautical Group, VirtualFly is an aircraft simulator concern with offices in Chicago, Illinois, Tampa, Florida, Los Angeles, California, and Castellgaì, Spain. In addition to designing and manufacturing certified and non-certified flight simulators for aircraft training and personal entertainment, VirtualFly functions as a flight-school and a distributor of aircraft and UAVs.

VirtualFly’s products include FAA approved Flight Training Devices (FTD), full-motion flight-simulators, and simulator control interfaces such as yokes, power-quadrants, and rudder-pedals. The company’s $5,000 VF-G1000 desktop trainer provides pilots a high-quality replica of Garmin’s popular G1000 all-glass avionics suite for OEM aircraft, while VirtualFly’s $62,000 ONTOP DUO MEG full motion, day/night VFR/IFR simulator offers configurability to both piston and turbine, twin-engine, high-performance aircraft by marques such as Cessna, Diamond, and Beechcraft.

The larger part of VirtualFly’s product line was developed to meet the needs of customers requiring unique flight-training or simulation solutions. In the conceptualizing, design, development, and manufacturing of its products, Virtual Fly favors the Creative Solution Diagnosis Scale (CSDS). Subject metric comprises a 27-item scale based on a theoretical model of functional creativity consisting of five principal criteria: relevance & effectiveness, problematization, propulsion, elegance, and genesis. In essence, the CSDS is a tool for managing innovation—particularly for stimulating creativity and gauging the creativity inherent products, systems, etc.

VirtualFly’s customers include aircraft OEMs such as Boeing, and universities the likes of as Cypress College, MCCC, MTSU and the University of Hawaii—the flight programs of which make use of VirtualFly’s pilot training devices.

Among VirtualFly’s newest flight-training devices is the company’s Cessna 208 Caravan simulator—a highly-sophisticated, lavishly-detailed analog of Cessna’s ubiquitous C208 single-engine, turboprop, utility aircraft. Available in fixed and full-motion iterations and configured with Garmin’s G1000 avionics suite, VirtualFly’s C208 simulator is eminently conducive to initial and recurrent pilot training, proficiency checks, and the maintenance of perishable instrument flying skills.

Virtual Fly flight-training devices and simulators are distributed in the U.S. by J.A. Air Center—an FBO, flight-school, maintenance facility, and aircraft brokerage on Sugar Grove, Illinois’s Aurora Municipal Airport (AUZ).

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