This year at EAA AirVenture, innovation seemed to be the name of the game in the sim space. InfiniteFlight‘s Laura Laban, a pilot, and tech-savvy aviation enthusiast co-started her company when she was in college. The concept was simple: an IOS or Android app (it works on any mobile device) with a full-featured flight simulator for a variety of aircraft and the capability to log into a multiplayer environment and serve as air traffic controller as well. The app covers the US and most of the world. Frequencies, and airports runways are all included. Laura says that this is great for a quick review of an upcoming flight, for training, and to practice exchanges with ATC. An X-Cub owner herself, she perfected the flight model according to her experience in flight. Here she explains:
We got Jason Rosewell to give us a tour of the app. The graphic rendering was quite impressive and so was the approach behind controls manipulation. Once we switched to ATC, it was quite surprising to see the amount of data available, the view control capabilities and the flow of radio communication between pilots and ATC.
The App has a growing community behind it of people using it both for training and entertainment. But Infinite Flight is very serious about vetting ATC controllers and ensuring that is all done as professionally as possible. We look forward to giving it a go and seeing if it can be a new kind of flight training device that will keep pilots engaged and proficient at all times.