Leaping regions influence industry of full flight simulators’
European Pilot Training Organizations continues to move their focus from homelands to developing countries – from the east to the south. Simulator manufacturers as well as suppliers and service providers follow after pilot trainings into those new markets.
Different cultures, simulation regulations and market players require additional studies about the target market and a careful preparation – not every country will give exactly the same success and profitability. Concentration of new airlines and high pilot demand shows that currently the newest and the hottest markets are Oceania and Indonesia region, South America and those fastest growing economies as India and China. Central Africa is not on the list yet, but experts believe that their rapid growth will start in the following years.
According to various public releases from training centres, there is one more consistent pattern that Europe (to be more precise – Western Europe), North America and some Asian countries always require full flight simulators of the newest aircraft types. Such situation is convenient for emerging countries – because of that, they are able to get older planes as well as full flight simulators for relatively cheap price.
However aviation analysts predict that entire full flight simulation industry will experience unprecedented growth and the number of full flight simulators is going to double over the next couple of decades. Aerospace consultancy company Ascend predicts that there will be a need for 40,000 jets worldwide, which is twice more than currently. They also forecast 517,000 pilots being trained over the following 20 years and announce that $25bn worth full flight simulator market is about to emerge.
Simulation technologies for human health
The use of simulation technologies in aviation on daily basis makes it ordinary and taken for granted. However, simulation technologies are being successfully used not only in aviation, but in many other spheres of human life too. The incredible innovations in simulation industry help more accurately train specialist of many professions, including healthcare.
Most recently CAE Healthcare launched VIMEDIX Women’s Health obstetrical ultrasound Simulator. As stated in the press release of CAE Inc, VIMEDIX Women’s Health is the only obstetrical ultrasound simulator with a3D augmented reality view of fetal and maternal anatomy that can be observed during scanning next to a real-time, simulated ultrasound image. With the help of this simulator the process of physician and sonographer training will speed up. According to the CAE Healthcare the VIMEDIX simulator will allow learners to gain imaging proficiency and be exposed to a range of ultrasound scenarios and pathologies before they scan a real patient.
Another innovation of simulation technologies adapted in the healthcare industry will help to train surgeons to perform complicated brain surgeries. Two Israel Air Force veterans Moty Avisar and Alon Geri developed the Selman Surgical Rehearsal Platform that lets neurosurgeons practice before the difficult surgery. Operation of the simulator is based on 3D images. Surgical Rehearsal Platform (SRP) neurosurgery simulator generates 3D images from the individual patient’s standard CT and MRI scans. This way simulator user sees how surgical instruments will interact with the patient’s tissue and how the delicate brain structures will respond.
‘In flight, it’s about the sun and the shadows of trees and mountains. In surgery, it’s more about how light reflects off tissue and how a surgeon understands depths and distances. It took us a while to understand how to translate a simulation into a realistic model. But according to surgeon feedback, we are there. They feel they are in the OR,’ comments Moty Avisar one of simulator developers.
In the near future the effectiveness of SRP’s as a teaching tool will be tested not just for brain surgeons but also for spine surgeons.
Sources: israel21c.org and cae.com