Computer Hardware and Simulation Gaming for Aviation Safety Considered

Modern day computer hardware is getting quite robust, and there is about 10 times the computing power in a smart phone as was used to fly the first Space Shuttle, maybe more. Still, when it comes to operating today’s aircraft simulators the computer hardware is intense, and these simulators can cost a ton of money. Because they cost so much the time to use them becomes very valuable, therefore most airlines only use them as required to check out their pilots, or train them for certification on the next aircraft that pilot needs to fly so he or she can get their type rating and satisfactorily prove they are safe.

The other day, I was speaking with an expert in computer online gaming communities, Troy Laclaire, about the use of simulators in aviation, and how great these tools were for complying with safety standards and preventing mistakes in the real world, carrying real passengers, when it really mattered most. One question we pondered was should airline pilots, commercial pilots, charter pilots, and fractional jet pilots be required to fly with another pilot to an airport first prior to going there as the pilot in command for the first time.

If such an onerous rule were to be made by the FAA, what about simulators, couldn’t a pilot merely fly the last 5-10 minutes on approach and take-off to each airport that the airline generally went too? Maybe, but in the case of a charter jet, that might mean they’d spend 100s of hours in a simulator and that costs a lot of money right? Okay so is there a solution to all this? Troy has come up with one potential solution, so lets’ talk about this shall we. First, Troy notes:

The only problem with this is that simulators are not exactly cheap to run and each simulation takes a fair amount of time, and far as I understand simulators are mostly used to get pilots comfortable with flying a particular plane type. However, since the pilots are generally already familiar with flying their planes (at least I should hope so) and nearly everyone has computers these days, it is possible that you could have a DVD series created to cover the routes, based around actual flights, and then have the pilots use their computers to run these so that they can get some familiarity with the airports.

Now then, this is a good idea, and it makes sense, a perfect solution, plus it also stands to reason that a gaming expert would come up with this concept. Okay so, Troy also suggests that we “provide the pilots with a take home DVD, basic flight-sim gaming controls, and they can use these to get some muscle memory.” This too makes sense, keeping it simple, and perfect for a last-minute booking for a fractional jet, or charter flight, as the pilot can merely practice a couple of ILS approaches, missed approach, take-off, and navigating the taxi ways, etc.

Troy, being a computer hardware engineer, and quite the prudent safety advisor also states; “Alternatively, have a “pilots room” setup where a pilot can run through a video/basic simulator of a previous flight that has already flown that route, letting them get a rough idea of what to expect when going to an airport they are not yet familiar with.”

Okay so that’s pretty easy, it can be set up in the break room of the local Jet Center, or at an FBO etc. Perhaps, for $10-20 they can shoot a couple of landings at the desired future airport that they will be flying too? Perhaps, it might also be available to ALL general aviation pilots, the DVDs and a flight simulator room at the local FBO, etc. May as well keep the system busy and paying for itself, perhaps it might also spit out certificates of completion and aviation insurance companies may consider lowering rates too? Indeed, I hope you will consider all this and think on it.

Online Educational Toys – Make Learning Fun

Online Educational toys are a great way to entertain your child but they are also very valuable for learning things too. These toys are designed to help children to creatively explore around them. But how do you go about choosing an online educational toy. Well the obvious answer is to go online! But with hundreds of pages to choose from where is the best place to start?

Well you could start with one of the top companies- LeapFrog. LeapFrog is one of the leading designers of learning toys and games for kids of all ages. The company have designed an application called Leapster Explorer. This is a learning toy that contains over 40 learning games. Games that help little ones to learn the basics of reading, spelling and math. It also allows you the parent to download more learning applications onto the handheld controller.

The controller itself has a 3.2 inches touch screen display, and is capable of running flash, video and also run 3D graphics. It comes equipped with a 512MB memory and this can be expanded to take on more games and learning applications. Your little one can actually go online, play games and extend their knowledge. Your children can also create their own world including designing their own pet!

Another top company making online educational toys is Fisher-price. Fisher-Price is a company that has been creating children’s toys since the early part of the last century. They specialize in toys that are designed to stimulate your child’s imagination. The Fisher-Price IXL Learning System comes preloaded with six applications that encourage children from 4 years up to 7 to learn to read. and also build up their vocabulary. It also allows children to choose and install songs that they can listen to as they operate the other applications. More applications can be downloaded using a USB connected to your computer.

The makers of these learning toys take great care to design online learning toys that fit your child’s age and level of skill, So it is important that before buying any toy you read the manufactures recommendation. If you don’t do this you might end up with a toy that will cause your child frustration because it’s too advanced. Or it could cause boredom because it’s because it’s pitched below their skill. Which ever way it will be a waste of your money because your child will not learn anything.

The above are just two of the online educational toys available today. A big benefit to parents of these types of toy is that the makers can update the existing games and add new ones with out you the parent having to shell out more dollars. And unlike off-line games where a child soon loses interest with regular updates online educational games will stay on the top of their playlists.

Introduction to Free Online Games

Online games are a convenient and appealing sort of entertainment, it is a kind of pleasure not only for the younger generation but for the grown-ups as well. This is because these types of games are not only addictive and fascinating, they are also absolutely free to play and thus one simply cannot refuse. Anyone can have fun with any of these addictive free games and can come out their boredom. As per a newly released survey, it’s been determined that as much as two and one third of online players were between 8 to 21 years of age and fourteen percent are over thirty-five years old. Thus, no matter how old you are, you can still have fun playing online games and relieve yourself from boredom. There are many websites providing free online games out there which cover a variety of categories such as math, shooting, RPG, online puzzle, action/adventure, cooking, and these are just to mention a few.

Any gamer can certainly get a puzzle game as well as recognize the idea hence he or she would likely know all the rules of this type of game. It is basically matching up shapes or even colors, which you possibly acquired back in grade school. You are only required to follow the directions of these games in order to accomplish victory. This is an important rule for almost every web based games you choose to play, follow the guide and you should be able to complete the game objective successfully.

Another entertaining type of game category and that is the sports games. Athletes are likely to enjoy playing the sport games genre of games and there are many sub-genres to these types of games such as soccer, baseball, wrestling, bowling, and tennis. Tennis is an exciting type since there are many internet tennis games that allow for multiple players to play on one keyboard using separate keys. Pong, much like tennis also offers the exciting option for multiple players to play the game. There are countless other example of web games that provide for the ability to play in multiple-player mode including both those of the sports game category and otherwise. Some of the multiple player games will allow for the players to play at the same time, while others require taking turns.

Some websites are even offering multiplayer options which not only allow online visitors to track their scores, but also offer free chatting which allow game enthusiasts to exchange knowledge, tips, and shorts cuts regarding the games they have played. These chat rooms provide users the ability to socialize with one another and discuss not only the web games they are playing on the site but also to discuss console games and even meet up on online consoles such as Xbox Live. In addition to chat rooms, there are also gaming forums on some gaming sites which allow for posts which remain on the forums permanently, unlike with chatting; this allows the participation of gamers who are both currently online and those who may come online at a future time. With the advent of technology, web based gaming seems to be creating a place that provides web based gamers with a wide variety of games and technologies to complement those games.