I just got back from the World Aviation Training Conference and Tradeshow in Orlando, and was pleased to see our SilverLining SDK in action at a couple of booths! WATS is a conference focused on civil aviation training. This is an industry that generally has extremely strict requirements for realism, so it’s great to see our technology being welcomed into it.
My first stop was the EDM booth, where they are using SilverLining as part of a flight crew training system. Each window in their airplane mockup has a view powered by an individual low-cost computer running TinyCore Linux, and I’m rather impressed that it runs fast and looks great even on such low-end hardware. There are a lot of windows in a plane, so those savings add up fast. EDM can simulate emergencies happening at different times of day, which they are using SilverLining’s time of day effects for.
Right next to the EDM booth was Aerosim, where they were showing off a cockpit trainer augmented with SilverLining’s visuals. They had a very robust integration of SilverLining on hand that looked great, featuring all of our cloud types and time of day effects. I was happy to hear that the integration effort for them was fast and painless, and that some of these systems are in use by large airlines including Delta. It’s always rewarding to hear about how our technology is actually being used to improve training.
The civil aviation training crowd stuck me as a very friendly and welcoming bunch, and I’m happy that Sundog’s a small part of it now.