As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and its impacts on the flight training industry, Redbird Flight Simulations is providing free access to a new product, Redbird Connect, that enables flight instructors to conduct remote flight simulator sessions with students.

Redbird Connect provides a platform for flight instructors and their students to safely resume flight lessons through flight simulation and video conferencing technology. Connect enables remote access to a web-based version of Redbird’s flight simulator operating system, Redbird Navigator, which gives flight instructors full functionality of the system’s instructor tools. From anywhere in the world, instructors now will be able to guide and control flight training sessions on Redbird simulators by setting and changing the weather, initiating failures, pausing and unpausing flights, repositioning aircraft, and more.

Redbird Connect also prioritizes the instructor’s visibility into training sessions. To allow instructors to track flights and provide scenario-specific guidance, the product includes a split-screen view of the simulated aircraft’s primary flight display (PFD) and a moving map display of the flight in progress. Combined with a live video feed of the student, flight instructors can simultaneously oversee the student’s hand flying and critical data for the flight.

Redbird Connect is currently in beta testing with flight schools around the United States and is due for release in the next Navigator update in July. As part of EAA’s Spirit of Aviation Week, Redbird Connect will power the Virtual Pilot Proficiency Center, which will pair pilots with Certified Flight Instructors to practice a series of scenario-based training exercises for visual flight rules and instrument flight rules.