We are building an

Airbus A320 simulator

"as real as it gets"

Targetted towards the advanced home cockpit simulator community, we are building a truly spectacular A320 simulator that makes use of a real original Airbus cockpit, combined with super detailed and realistic own developed software.

Although we do not strive for formal certification, we want to provide an immersive experience that comes as close as possible to flying a professional certified FTD (Flight Training Device).

Intro

About

Hardware
We use a real cockpit from an Airbus that has been decommissioned and taken out of service. The complete cockpit shell, as well as the cockpit interior are original Airbus parts.All the cockpit panels and instruments are being interfaced with own developed A320 Simulator Software.
Software
We developed our own A320 Simulator Software which models in great detail all of the aircraft systems and implements the A320's functionality.It interfaces with a standard off the shelf Flight Simulator package that implements the basic flight aerodynamics and scenery visuals.

Our Team

We are a team of simulator enthousiasts. Accumulated over many years, the project team has gained a deep knowledge on aviation in general and the Airbus family of aircrafts in particular.

Rene

Rene

The overall coordinator of the team.

He is the driving force and visionairy behind the project.

Relentlessly he has been working to finally get all of the original Airbus parts together.

Jan

Jan

The hardware guy on the team.

He is a genius in designing electronics and makes his own printed circuit boards.

Self educated he masters the art of developing hardware and software better than anyone else.

Beyond that, he is also uniquely skilled in mechanical design.

Bruno

Bruno

The software guy in the team.

Passioned by aviation he originally considered to become a pilot, but he chose a different direction and graduated with a university degree in engineering.

Combining his passion for aviation and wanting to maintain his computer and software skills, he started programming the A320 Simulator software a number of years back. Originally fully stand alone, not intended to be linked with any cockpit hardware whatsoever. It grew from in the very beginning drawing a simple gauge to proof himself that it was feasible, to modeling in very high detail and realism a complete Airbus with all of its systems.

Meeting the two other guys on the team who were building a hardware cockpit was a revelation. All suddenly everything became much more realistic.

 

Supported By …

A community of aviation professionals

We are really grateful for the big help they are giving to make our project a success

Carl Van Raemdonck

Airbus Captain
You guys are building something unique

Jean-Christophe Bodart

Airbus Captain
A great job by passionate people

Vladimir Serbezov

Doctor of Philosophy | Technical University of Sofia | Department of Air Transport
It's my pleasure to support this great project

Simulator Software


Modular Design
The different cockpit components are developed as seperate stand-alone applications. These cockpit modules can be launched independently.
Distributed Architecture
The different cockpit modules can be distributed over multiple PC's connected over a network, and automatically discover each other. Running all modules on a single high performant PC is also possible.
Simulator Software Characteristics
Multi Platform
Some of the cockpit modules can run on either Microsoft Windows or RaspBerry Pi. This way the most space efficient and cost effective implementation is possible.
Simulator Package Agnostic
All data is gathered through the real aircraft sensors. This makes the A320 Simulator engine agnostic of any particular flight sim package (cf. FSX, X-Plane, P3D,...).

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Our Work

Take a deeper look into some of the different things we have worked on

  • All
  • Clock
  • Digital Distance Radio Magnetic Indicator
  • ECAM System Display
  • Electronic Instrument System
  • Flight Control Unit
  • Flight Warning Computer (FWC)
  • Hardware
  • Instructor Station
  • Integrated Standby Instrument System
  • Navigation Display
  • Overhead
  • Sidestick
  • Software
  • Standby Instruments
Head Up Display (HUD)

Head Up Display (HUD)

In our A320 Simulator Software we have build the Head-Up Display (HUD) for both the Captain as well as the First Officer side. It is a transparent display that presents the same...
Detail
Flight Warning Computer (FWC)

Flight Warning Computer (FWC)

The Flight Warning Computer (FWC) presents failures and status information on the upper and lower ECAM display units. It guides pilots on actions to take for specific failures (...
Detail
Sidestick

Sidestick

The Airbus Sidestick is a superb piece of equipment. It is actually build by Aerospatiale. We have interfaced it with the A320 Simulator Software through an Analog to Digital Co...
Detail
Instructor Station

Instructor Station

The Instructor Station is a Web based application that allows the Flight Instructor to monitor and control the simulator. The webserver (cf Microsoft IIS) can communicate over a...
Detail
Clock

Clock

In our software the clock has been implemented with all the functions like the real aircraft part:Adjustable date and time (UTC) Chronometer (CHR) with digital indication of t...
Detail
Digital Distance Radio Magnetic Indicator (DDRMI)

Digital Distance Radio Magnetic Indicator (DDRMI)

This module implements the Digital Distance Radio Magnetic Indicator (DDRMI) in its full detail. It displays magnetic heading, VOR 1 and VOR 2 magnetic bearings, ADF 1 and ADF 2...
Detail
Integrated Standby Instrument System

Integrated Standby Instrument System

The Integrated Standby Instrument System integrates into one single instrument the 4 classical standby instruments (Compass, Horizon, Airspeed, Altimeter). In our software it ha...
Detail
Navigation Display

Navigation Display

The Navigation Display (ND) presents the navigation data under the form of 5 different display modesROSE LS ROSE VOR ROSE NAV ARC PLANThey can be selected from the EFIS Cont...
Detail
Flight Control Unit (FCU)

Flight Control Unit (FCU)

The A320 Simulator Software has been interfaced with a real original Airbus Flight Control Unit (FCU).We use an ARINC 429 interface board from Cockpit Concept to interface with
Detail
ECAM System Display

ECAM System Display

The Electronic Centralized Aircraft Monitor (ECAM) System Display (SD) presents the synoptic diagrams of the aircraft systems and the status messages on a status page. It is imp...
Detail
Overhead

Overhead

The Overhead panel has been build as a separate stand-alone program.It is used to control and monitor the aircraft systems. All the subpanels are inplemented (Fire, Hyd, Fuel, ...
Detail
Electronic Instrument System

Electronic Instrument System

The Electronic Instrument System (EIS) consists of six display units (DU's) that displayThe Primary Flight Display (PFD) and Navigation Display (ND) on the Captain side and th...
Detail
Standby Instruments

Standby Instruments

All the Airbus standby instruments have been build as seperate stand-alone applications. The set of standby instruments includes all the classical analog instruments:Compass H...
Detail

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