Interview: Evgeny Vlasov - Programmer flight simulators.
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Interview: Evgeny Vlasov - Programmer flight simulators.

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Good afternoon. Introduce yourself, and the portal Avia.pro tell us what you are doing?

Eugene

Good afternoon, my name is Eugene, and I am a programmer in the department of aviation simulators. I specialize in computer graphics, in particular, on cylindrical screens and multiprojection visualization systems.

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That sounds not very easy. Tell the readers a little bit more specific about the scope of your activities ...

The simulator will forgive you much more errors than the real aircraft. In the simulator you can quite safely test different flight modes limit, failure of various systems of the aircraft. Try different weather conditions and fly almost anywhere in the world without leaving the training complex.

Eugene

For simulators in addition to accurate flight simulation, it is very important to create a feeling of immersion in flight. Sound, graphics, workplace, all this should be as true as possible. To do this, use large curved screens with a viewing angle of up to 360 degrees, so that the future pilot or dispatcher on the virtual tower can see the objects around him in full size. Since one projector is not enough for such large screens, special systems are used that are able to combine the images of several projectors into one large one and distort it correctly for a non-flat screen.

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Those. You can say you are programming the simulator themselves possess many skills as pilots and air traffic controllers?

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Eugene

In addition to the programmers in our department and the company employs former pilots and aviation universities teachers with long experience, who are eager to share skills. Unfortunately, I have a bad manager - when tested in a simulator Samara ATC center on the runway, under my direction, has faced several planes. Let virtual, but it was annoying.

I do not even know how to call the fire brigade!

Dispatch simulator simulates the traffic situation for any difficulty with a huge range of emergency situations. But do not forget that simulator training is only one of the stages of training of aviation personnel, which in any case does not replace actual practice.

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And how do students and teachers relate to this kind of technology, no complaints?

Eugene

When I was an intern in that department, as a student, these simulators have made a huge impression on me, and I decided that I would stay in this company. For student pilots can not say anything - in mind the specifics of the work I do not cross them.

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And with what aircraft to operate more often experienced by people who are trained?

Eugene

From complex simulators of our company are known to me and 18T Yak-A-410.

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But what about all the Airbus and Boing? How such learning? Release of the software are directly involved in other businesses?

Eugene

Yes, I know the sun is engaged in such a Canadian company CAE.

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How to train for your profession? What you need to know the young professionals?

Eugene

In addition to interest in aviation, higher education is required in the field of applied mathematics or information technology.

I graduated from the Department of Applied Mathematics, University of Civil Aviation in St. Petersburg, but I learned to program on their own.

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What advantages does the preparation for air-simulator compared to training on a real airplane?

Eugene

The simulator will forgive you a lot more mistakes than a real plane. On the simulator, you can safely test various limiting flight modes, the failure of certain aircraft systems, test various weather conditions and fly almost anywhere in the world without leaving the training complex. The dispatcher simulator simulates the air situation of any complexity with a huge set of abnormal situations. But we should not forget that training on a simulator is only one of the stages of training aviation personnel, which in no way case replaces real practice.

Do not forget that aircraft simulators are not limited to complex flight exercises. There are many procedural simulators for engineering and technical personnel or more general for the entire crew. For example, in graduate school I am working on a training methodology to increase the efficiency of interaction between crew members. For this technique, I developed a set of programs that, although simple, are essentially also simulators.

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What do you wish for young professionals in this area?

Eugene

Enthusiastic, inexhaustible enthusiasm. I played a lot of computer games, and flight simulators have always occupied a special place. I did my hobby with my work, and I am very pleased with it.

Really, it's great when work brings joy and in a place with the benefit of society. Many new pilots must be very grateful to him.

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