I have some connections to a flight simulator company that wants to put together a quote to build a Level A FAA certified flight simulator. I personally don't know all the specific FAA requirements, but I do know that Level A requires flight testing of the actual aircraft being modeled and a very high fidelity computer model of that exact aircraft ... it also requires a motion base, specific visual system features, etc. etc. I realize these things get really pricey really quick, but this would not be a home project and would have the necessary funding behind it if the proposal was eventually accepted.
So my question is this: Does anyone know or have connections or leads to a company that could do the necessary instrumentation and flight testing of the real aircraft (assuming the real aircraft would be provided to them to use) and then could build a computer simulation model of this aircraft? We would like them to "guarantee" that their work will meet FAA Level A standards.
Personally I don't have enough exposure to the really high end simulator business to know exactly how the big companies handle this. My fear is that the big simulator companies do all this work in house and thus would not want to contract out to a "competitor", and that the necessary expertise isn't out there available to be hired. But I don't know, which is why I'm asking. :-)
Does anyone have any leads or ideas?
Curtis Olson http://www.flightgear.org/~curt HumanFIRST Program http://www.humanfirst.umn.edu/
FlightGear Project http://www.flightgear.org
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