CAT 3 Magazine (issue 6) by Halldale Media has published an article on next-generation motion technology and how this technology helps to improve the performance of electric motion systems. The article refers to new technology developed by industry to improve motion system hardware and software but also to better diagnoze and evaluate motion performance. IDT has been involved in the development of the new Objective Motion Cueing Test (OMCT) along with Ruud Hosman of AMS Consult. The OMCT checks the relative gain and phase errors between aircraft data and simulator performance at specific frequencies. The OMCT looks at the entire motion cueing system including motion drive algorithm, motion hardware and implementation time delays. The performance might be different, even across flight simulators of the same type. This is because the main part of the motion cueing system performance is still tuned subjectively (through feedback from pilots). Although subjective methods will continue to complete the OMCT, the OMCT aims to diagonize, tune and test the main part of the motion cueing system performance through objective methods. The OMCT has shown to be a valid means of validating the performance. Tests at Flight Safety International, which were performed by IDT, have shown great improvement on current flight simulators.
To read the full article, please refer to CAT magazine issue 6 2013 page 14-17 or read the online version here.