Experience Flying with Redbird SD

Experience Flying with Redbird SD

Have you ever wondered how it feels like to fly your very own airplane? Traditionally, one would have to sign up for a pilot training course and undergo a rigorous training program. However, through innovation and advancement in technology, this need not be the only route to experience “real” flying. No doubt by now you would have guessed that this article is about flight simulators, but it’s not just about any flight simulator – it’s about the Redbird. Redbird founder, Jerry Gregoire, a former PepsiCola and Dell executive, was doing recurrent training in Level D simulators for years. (Recurrent training is required for pilots to ensure that they have retained the skills required to operate complex airplanes; while a Level D simulator is a full motion simulator used by airlines and business jet operators to train pilots to operate these types of complicated aircraft).One day, as Gregoire was just getting out of a $10 million Level “D” Cessna Citation Jet simulator, he had a notion that he could build something like that but for a lot less. With the business experience and the wherewithal to do something about it, the Redbird was born. The Redbirds are the real McCoy. These Advanced Aircraft Training Devices (AATDs) can be used to build hours towards pilot certificates and many pilot training centres use the Redbirds as part of their training program. Redbird is doing things in ingenious ways, and the panel is a good place to start. It made cockpits and instruments very similar (though not quite identical) to existing airplanes and made just about everything in the package interchangeable. It’s an...