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Flight Simulation - the evolution of its role and capability


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Flight simulators are essential for both training and for the development of aircraft. Learn about the subject from an expert in the topic.

Date and Time

20 March 2018 - 19:30-20:45


Stilton, United Kingdom - icon_popup  (See map)


Organised by the UK - East:Peterboro'&Huntingdo local network. Contact Bernard Gaydon bggaydon@theiet.org for more information.

About this event

Flight Simulation

In today‚Äôs world of professional aviation, flight simulation is an essential tool in aircrew training and in engineering. No major new aircraft, civil or military, will get airborne before 1000s of hours have been flown in flight simulators. No airline or air force can function fully without using flight simulators for training. The talk will review the role and capability of flight simulation and how it has evolved.

The speaker, Barry Tomlinson, is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society and a Chartered Engineer.  He spent most of his professional career conducting research in flight simulation for the UK Ministry of Defence. This included studies of future aircraft and helicopter requirements, developing advanced simulation technology in the fields of computing, modelling, and environmental representation, and advising on technical requirements for aircrew training systems. In NATO he was the UK official member, and then Chairman, of the AGARD Flight Vehicle Integration Panel. He chaired several NATO studies, most recently the Mission Training Through Distributed Simulation Task Group, which conducted the First WAVE capability demonstration of distributed simulation involving simulators in 7 Nations.

He is still active in the Flight Simulation Group committee of the Royal Aeronautical Society, contributing to international conferences held at the Society in London. He is also a member of the Bedford Aeronautical Heritage Group, which exists to preserve the history and heritage of the Royal Aircraft Establishment Bedford.


19:00h    Refreshments (tea & coffee)

19:30h    Talk commences, followed by discussion

20:45h     Event ends

Reasons to attend

Learn about flight simulators from one of the UK's most experienced developers of simulators.

Network with other local professionals.

Continuing Professional Development

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This event can contribute towards your Continuing Professional Development (CPD) as part of the IET's CPD monitoring scheme.


Free event - all welcome

Additional information

It is advisable to check the website shortly prior to the event, in case of any late changes.

Registration information

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