PlaneEnglish has released a new update which includes the addition of Primary Flight Displays (PFD) in the ARSim Aviation Radio Simulator. This much-requested capability now gives pilots the ability to see flight information as they would in the cockpit and is available to any user and subscriber at no additional cost.

ARSim, the Aviation Radio Simulator, is an artificial intelligence-based simulator for individualized aircrew aviation communications and radio procedures training. ARSim combines speech recognition and aviation phraseology (FAA and ICAO standards) with a training curriculum to help pilots master aviation radio communication outside of the cockpit without help from instructor pilots, freeing flight time to focus on flight training. Hours of dedicated comms training and thousands of scenarios provide a means to rehearse communication activities in a low-stakes environment and gain communication skills, proficiency, and confidence.

The new addition of PFDs builds upon ARSim’s training program and upgrades the user’s simulation experience by adding an additional layer of flight experience allowing for improved situational awareness. The ARSim update delivers a digital PFD where pilots can view and process information about the aircraft attitude, navigation and radios. Just like in an aircraft, pilots can read and interpret the displays to extract information about their position, speed, altitude, altimeter settings, flight attitude, as well as radio frequencies and squawk codes. 

Upcoming releases will expand this capability to provide additional options for alternate displays, e.g., analog gauges and alternate configurations, as well as the ability to interact with the flight instruments.

Created by three Purdue University alumni, ARSim simulates exchanges with air traffic control using a variety of scenarios pilots might encounter through every phase of flight, from taxiing and takeoff to landing and emergencies. Pilots receive instant feedback on their performance, explanations of the communication procedures, and progress tracking as they develop their skills.