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Driving Simulator Dome Completed

Posted by:IDTadmin | Posted on: December 2nd, 2014 | 0 Comments

December 2 2014, Sarasota, FL,USA - IDT and TRI-UHN have completed the Factory Acceptance Test of a new projection dome for a driving research simulator  (DriverLab). The driving simulator will be realised at the Toronto Rehabiliation Institute in Canada. The dome acceptance test took place in Sarasota, FL, USA. The dome has been designed by Pagnotta Engineering Inc. at Philadelpia, PA, and built by JRL Ventures Inc. at Sarasota, FL.

The dome is expected to be shipped to Toronto early next year for integration with the other driving simulation systems. IDT is the project manager and systems integrator of DriverLab, which is realized by suppliers from Canada, USA and The Netherlands.

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ICATEE honoured by the RAeS

Posted by:IDTadmin | Posted on: November 20th, 2014 | 0 Comments

The International Committee for Aviation Training in Extended Envelopes (ICATEE) was awarded a Specialist Team Bronze Award for the Committee’s exhaustive work in addressing the challenge of reducing the number of loss of control in flight accidents and in developing a strategy for the definition of structured, standardised and validated Upset Prevention and Recovery Training. On Wednesday 5 November 2014, Co-chairman Dr Sunjoo Advani FRAeS of IDT received the award on behalf of the ICATEE team. To learn what other aerospace specialistis were honoured, please visit the Royal Aeronautical Society website. Dr Sunjoo Advani received the award from Dr Mike Steeden FRAeS, RAeS Past President and chair of the Medals & Awards Committee at the Royal Aeronautical Society in London, UK.

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NOS National News Coverage of IDT’s Loss of Control Accomplishments

Posted by:IDTadmin | Posted on: November 6th, 2014 | 0 Comments

Pilots must practice in reality how to prevent loosing control over their airplane and regain control in the case of an upset condition. The European Aviation Organization EASA is therefore changing the rules of training for commercial pilots; the USA has already mandated stall and upset training by law. IDT has helped to establish the training requirements program, featured in this national news coverage. Dr Sunjoo Advani, president of IDT, explains the need for UPRT and demonstrates a stall recovery in a flight simulator at FSC at Schiphol Airport, the Netherlands. Clarke McNeace of APS Training Europe gives classroom instruction and an in-flight exercise to South African Airways Boeing 737 pilot Warrick Meyer. On 6 November 2014, the NOS news covered the subject during the evening news. To see the news broadcast, please see Uitzending Gemist (Dutch) or version with English subtitles on YouTube. More background information on this news item can be found at the NOS journaal website (Dutch only).  

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UPRT: How to train the trainer

Posted by:IDTadmin | Posted on: September 1st, 2014 | 0 Comments

Upset prevention and recovery training (UPRT) will take many airline pilots out of their comfort zone, exposing them to places unknown. For most of their instructors, too, these places until recently were unfamiliar territory. Dr. Sunjoo Advani, chairman of ICATEE and president of International Development of Technology B.V. has recently written an article in AeroSafety World magazine by the Flight Safety Foundation, to help newcomers to this subject quickly grasp the ess entials of the paradigm shift under way. The article explains how the findings and learning objectives from ICATEE are implemented in training programs and how training in flight training devices should be performed. The article also briefly discusses an UPRT instructor toolkit that IDT is currently developing. To read the full article, please refer to AeroSafety World magazine July/August 2014 page 31-35. An electronic copy can be found through the following link.

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Aerodynamic Stall Can Prompt ‘Brain Stall’

Posted by:IDTadmin | Posted on: March 27th, 2014 | 0 Comments

When pilots face an unexpected event—and with the impressive levels of reliability these days, these are indeed very rare—often there is a cognitive freezing that causes confusion or reversion to reactions developed earlier. Even the most seasoned pilot may end up acting inappropriately. Read the interesting opinion from Dr. Sunjoo Advani on Avation Week.

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The Element of Surprise

Posted by:IDTadmin | Posted on: February 20th, 2014 | 0 Comments

CAT magazine issue 1 2014 has published a new article on the need for startling scenarios as part of  Upset Prevention and Recovery Training (UPRT) for airline pilots. Accident statistics show that Loss-of-Control In-Flight (LOC-I) is still the number one threat and the category with the highest fatalities. The crew's startle reaction is the leading catalyst that can take an upset airplane into an LOC-I condition. Startle management is one of the elements that should be trained, according to the authors. The article furthermore discusses stall tactics, use of aerobatic airplanes, stall models and stall training requirements for flight simulators. To read the full article, please refer to the online version of CAT magazine issue 1 2014, page 18-21.

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Improvements in Motion Technology and Performance

Posted by:IDTadmin | Posted on: January 8th, 2014 | 0 Comments

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.

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New iPad App on Upset Recovery Training Announced

Posted by:IDTadmin | Posted on: October 23rd, 2013 | 0 Comments

Aviation Performance Solutions (APS) and International Development of Technology (IDT) announce a new upset prevention and recovery training (UPRT) application for iPad specifically designed for airline and business jet operators. This academic app comprehensively delivers industry-endorsed UPRT knowledge to help mitigate loss of control in-flight (LOC-I), the leading cause of the crash-related fatalities in commercial aviation worldwide over the past 10 years.

This UPRT iPad App provides the information included in the Airplane Upset Recovery Training Aid in a format that is easy to navigate and provides individual progress tracking. The state-of-the-art presentation includes enhanced high-quality embedded graphics, videos and animations that make this vital information accessible and comprehensible for all pilots and instructors. Throughout 150 pages divided into eight modular chapters, the UPRT App has examination questions for each module and real-world examples from accident/incident data. The APS-IDT UPRT App provides correct, industry-endorsed and accurate information on UPRT in a package that is useful for both Business Aviation and Commercial Airlines. “This App provides the necessary academic foundation for the development of the practical skills necessary to prevent an airplane upset or, if necessary, to recover an airplane to controlled flight amidst a developing high-stress, time-critical airplane upset situation,” says Dr. Sunjoo Advani, Chairman of the International Committee for Aviation Training in Extended Envelopes (ICATEE), a body of over 40 organizations and 80 aviation industry experts dedicated to the standardized global delivery of UPRT, “Use of material from the Airplane Upset Recovery Training Aid ensures that all information is thoroughly vetted and applicable to high performance multi-engine jet airplanes.” The UPRT iPad App is being demonstrated at the Aviation Performance Solutions' Booth (N527) at the 2013 NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition in Las Vegas, NV - 23-24 October, 2013. For more information about the new App, click here. Please contact us if you'd like to learn more about UPRT.

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Opening of the DLR Simulatorzentrum in Braunschweig

Posted by:IDTadmin | Posted on: June 19th, 2013 | 0 Comments

On Wednesday 5 June 2013, the Simulatorzentrum at the German Aerospace Center (DLR) in Braunschweig was officially opened. In the dedicated new building, behind an impressive glass façade, the AVES (Air Vehicle Simulator) was unveiled to dignitaries and invited guests. The AVES facility consists of an EC-135 helicopter and Airbus A320 flight simulator. Both cockpits can be used on the electric motion system that is located at the front of the facility, or in the fixed-base dome. DLR will use the AVES to develop and test new aircraft systems, safety concepts, and to investigate how pilot training can be further improved. The simulator will also be used to prepare in-flight tests with the DLR ATRA (Advanced Technology Research Aircraft), which is an Airbus A320 research aircraft, and the FHS (Flying Helicopter Simulator), which is an Eurocopter EC-135, both based at the Braunschweig Airport. IDT was involved in the concept design of the AVES during the early design phase in 2009 and 2010. IDT supported DLR with the design of a real-image projection dome concept for the Airbus A320 aircraft and EC-135 helicopter, concept design and methods to transport and exchange the two cockpits between the fixed base and motion base locations, concept design of the helicopter cockpit and instructor station, safety aspects and interfaces with the building facilities. Furthermore, IDT was involved in the qualification of the technical proposal from the AVES integrator Rheinmetall Defense Electronics (RDE) during the Preliminary Design Review and Critical Design Review.

“AVES is a great step for us into a new era of flight research at its highest stage. The cooperation with IDT is extremely valuable for us in the context of conceptual design, requirements engineering and simulation fidelity research” says Holger Duda, Head of Department Flight Dynamics and Simulation. “It is also an important milestone for IDT, because of our continuing relationship with DLR in the development and usage of this unique research capability, unlike any other in the world”, says Sunjoo Advani, president of IDT. IDT and DLR are both consortium partners in the European project Man4Gen (see The AVES and ATRA of DLR are both reserved for the experiment and test work packages in the EC funded Man4Gen project. Please have a look at the DLR website for more information.

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IDT Welcomes New Trainees

Posted by:IDTadmin | Posted on: February 1st, 2013 | 0 Comments

Since 2011, a number of students from Eindhoven University of Technology, department of Mechanical Engineering, have been visiting the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute to do their traineeship and to gain experience with working in a multi-disciplinary environment. The contacts between the section Control Systems Technology, led by prof. dr. ir. Maarten Steinbuch at Eindhoven and the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute research department, led by insitute director professor dr. Geoff Fernie, have been established by IDT. The supervision of the students is taken care of by IDT and the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute. Some projects that have been successfully carried out by the students include the concept design for the new DriverLab by Bastian Eenink, the design of a glare simulator by Arne de Roest, the design of a rain simulator for DriverLab by Bart Peeters and safety considerations and design of a control system for a robotic nurse by Leon van Breugel. Beginning of February, three fresh students will take off to continue the great work relationship between Eindhoven and Toronto. Thijs Craenmehr will work on the improvement of the visual database and simulations in StreetLab. Rein Appeldoorn will work on the identification and definition of the driving scenarios for the new DriverLab. Ramon Wijnands will focus on the concept design of an active fall arrest system, to be used with the WinterLab and StairsLab payloads in CEAL, as well as the FallsLab platform. From left to right: Rein Appeldoorn, Tom Peijs, Ramon Wijnands, Thijs Craenmehr and Mario Potter, project engineer at IDT.              

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Air France Flight 447 Investigation: Pilots Not Properly Trained to Fly the Airbus A330?

Posted by:IDTadmin | Posted on: June 12th, 2012 | 0 Comments

The Airbus A330 has one of the most sophisticated automated piloting systems in the airline industry, but the 2009 crash of Air France Flight 447 has some experts saying that the pilots weren’t adequately trained to handle the plane in an emergency situation, and that the plane’s stall alarm system may have added to the crew’s confusion and contributed to the disaster. “No one was trained for high-altitude stall recovery in the cockpit,” said Bill Voss, president and CEO of the Flight Safety Foundation. “It’s not part of the normal training curriculum…this is something that really has to be reformed globally. This is a really big deal. [...] We are moving towards automated operations where the pilot isn’t even permitted to fly,” Voss said. “That means the first time in your career you will ever feel what an aircraft feels like at 35,000 feet is when it’s handed to you broken [if something goes wrong and the automated system disengages].” According to the black box tapes, First Officer Cedric Bonin, a 32-year-old pilot who had fewer than 5,000 flight hours under his belt, was at the controls but had never been in this situation before at high-altitude. Bonin made the fatal mistake of pulling the plane’s nose up, which caused it to go into a deep stall. “It seems that the pilots did not understand the situation and they were not aware that they had stalled,” said Jean-Paul Troadec, the director of BEA, the French authority conducting the investigation into the Flight 447 crash. At the heart of the heated debate over so-called “automation addiction,” which is when pilots are overly dependent on computers to fly their planes, is the question of whether pilots are actually learning how to properly fly large commercial aircraft. Read the full story on ABC News. For more information on IDT's role in upset prevention and recovery training, please take a look at our ICATEE section.

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New Guidelines Coming for Stall Training

Posted by:admin | Posted on: November 25th, 2011 | 0 Comments

Now the leading cause of airliner hull losses and fatalities, loss of control is driving improvements in training to help pilots recognize and recover from aircraft upsets in flight. Stall is the number-one cause of upsets leading to loss of control. Pilots are well trained, aircraft have protection systems and yet we are still getting upsets. Why? Because loss of control in flight is rare, unpredictable and catastrophic—and pilots are not adequately trained. ICATEE is in the final stages of developing new tools and guidelines for upset prevention and recovery training (UPRT) to address concerns raised by LOC-1 accidents including Colgan Air 3407 and AF447. Read the full article on

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