The TouchTrainer consists of the following main components:
- Windows Computer. This drives all of the hardware and software.
- VisX. This is the three monitors that provide a wrap-around view out of the cockpit.
Main Touchscreen Display. The main display provides a touch-driven representation of the panel for the currently-selected aircraft type.
- Auxiliary Touchscreen Display. The smaller auxiliary display provides additional panel controls/instruments as well as access to the Integrated Simulator Controls to control weather, location, failures, etc.
- Flight Controls. A yoke and push/pull throttle quadrant is provided for realistic control of the Cessna, and a joystick and an axis-style throttle quadrant are provided for the Cirrus. Both aircraft utilize rudder pedals.
Custom Table. A customized table and platform hold all of the components and allow secure mounting of the flight controls for either airplane configuration.
- Instructor Workstation. A Microsoft Surface Pro 3 tablet provides instructors with the ability to monitor and control the flight, including location, weather, failures, etc.
- X-Plane 10. X-Plane is one of the leading simulator software packages on the market. X-Plane provides the flight physics as well as the visual display.
- SimAVIO. This software, custom-designed by FlyThisSim--manufacturer of the TouchTrainer--provides the unique touch-driven panel interface. It sits on top of X-Plane, translating all of the touch gestures into X-Plane commands under the covers.
- Integrated Simulator Controls. Displayed in the bottom right corner if the Auxiliary Touchscreen Display, these touch controls allow you to adjust weather, aircraft position, etc.
- Instructor Operating Station. Software that runs on the Instructor Workstation and allows the instructor to control the flight experience.
- Main Touchscreen Display
- Auxiliary Touchscreen Display
- Throttle Quadrant
- Rudder Pedal
- Custom Table
Note: A Garmin Perspective configuration is shown in this computer-generated image. Our Cirrus panel is Avidyne, to match our club aircraft.
Note: This image shows the instructor station running on a convertible laptop. Our system uses a Microsoft Surface Pro 3 tablet.