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

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


Good afternoon, my name is Eugene and I am a programmer in the aviation simulator department. I specialize in computer graphics, in particular, cylindrical screens and multi-projector visualization systems.

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.


For simulators, in addition to accurate flight simulation, it is very important to create a feeling of immersion in flight. Sound, graphics, workplace, all of this should correspond to reality as much as possible. For this, large curved screens are used with a viewing angle of up to 360 degrees, so that a future pilot or controller on a virtual tower can see objects around them 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 correctly distort it for a non-planar screen.

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

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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.

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


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.

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


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

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


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?


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.

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


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

Do not forget that flight simulators are not limited to complex flight simulators. There are many procedural simulators for engineering personnel, or more general ones for the entire crew. For example, in graduate school, I work on a teaching methodology to improve the effectiveness of the interaction of crew members. For this technique, I have developed a set of programs that, although simple, are in fact also simulators.

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What do you wish for young professionals in this area?


Enthusiasm, inexhaustible enthusiasm. I played a lot of computer games, and flight simulators have always held a special place. I made my hobby my job and am very happy 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.