This time, I provide you with 3 biggest pains in your “gluteus maximus” caused by repair of your “beloved” FFS machines. Let’s take a look.
1. Lack of knowledge
Yes! Even most qualified engineers, working in this field for over 20 years, sometimes can find themselves stuck in the search of FFS malfunction. You can imagine, that even if from the first look FFS resembles huge microwave at some point, it is not one. In order to guarantee pure and amazing feeling of real time flying, Full Flight Simulators are in need to be complicatedly built. Every problem someday was, is or will be a first timer! And you will have to deal with it. Moreover, we are sort of losing people who have experience in working with “old-school” architecture simulators, since, nowadays, many parts were replaced by PC platforms. These platforms work on various operating systems, so, due to this, working nature of engineers’ somehow moves towards programming field instead of old “dig up in those wires” one.
2. Fear of making it even worse than it is
“Never touch it if it works” – that is the moto of FFS engineers these days. Sometimes, even, from the first look, totally unrelated systems can affect each other. And after this you have one more malfunctioning in your system and even more sleepless nights upfront. Also, during many repair procedures, power of your flying machine must be turned off. Voltage spikes, encountered when simulator is turned back on, might cause horrible consequences, which will make your life even more miserable than it was before…
3. Running out of coffee and cigarettes
Not to provoke unhealthy life style, but our engineers specified this, as a really important issue during long and sleepless nights spent on repairing FFS. These are the basic needs when encountering problems. Conclusion: not smoking, but repairing flight simulators kills!