Computer Hardware and Simulation Gaming for Aviation Safety Considered

Modern day computer hardware is getting quite robust, and there is about 10 times the computing power in a smart phone as was used to fly the first Space Shuttle, maybe more. Still, when it comes to operating today’s aircraft simulators the computer hardware is intense, and these simulators can cost a ton of money. Because they cost so much the time to use them becomes very valuable, therefore most airlines only use them as required to check out their pilots, or train them for certification on the next aircraft that pilot needs to fly so he or she can get their type rating and satisfactorily prove they are safe.

The other day, I was speaking with an expert in computer online gaming communities, Troy Laclaire, about the use of simulators in aviation, and how great these tools were for complying with safety standards and preventing mistakes in the real world, carrying real passengers, when it really mattered most. One question we pondered was should airline pilots, commercial pilots, charter pilots, and fractional jet pilots be required to fly with another pilot to an airport first prior to going there as the pilot in command for the first time.

If such an onerous rule were to be made by the FAA, what about simulators, couldn’t a pilot merely fly the last 5-10 minutes on approach and take-off to each airport that the airline generally went too? Maybe, but in the case of a charter jet, that might mean they’d spend 100s of hours in a simulator and that costs a lot of money right? Okay so is there a solution to all this? Troy has come up with one potential solution, so lets’ talk about this shall we. First, Troy notes:

The only problem with this is that simulators are not exactly cheap to run and each simulation takes a fair amount of time, and far as I understand simulators are mostly used to get pilots comfortable with flying a particular plane type. However, since the pilots are generally already familiar with flying their planes (at least I should hope so) and nearly everyone has computers these days, it is possible that you could have a DVD series created to cover the routes, based around actual flights, and then have the pilots use their computers to run these so that they can get some familiarity with the airports.

Now then, this is a good idea, and it makes sense, a perfect solution, plus it also stands to reason that a gaming expert would come up with this concept. Okay so, Troy also suggests that we “provide the pilots with a take home DVD, basic flight-sim gaming controls, and they can use these to get some muscle memory.” This too makes sense, keeping it simple, and perfect for a last-minute booking for a fractional jet, or charter flight, as the pilot can merely practice a couple of ILS approaches, missed approach, take-off, and navigating the taxi ways, etc.

Troy, being a computer hardware engineer, and quite the prudent safety advisor also states; “Alternatively, have a “pilots room” setup where a pilot can run through a video/basic simulator of a previous flight that has already flown that route, letting them get a rough idea of what to expect when going to an airport they are not yet familiar with.”

Okay so that’s pretty easy, it can be set up in the break room of the local Jet Center, or at an FBO etc. Perhaps, for $10-20 they can shoot a couple of landings at the desired future airport that they will be flying too? Perhaps, it might also be available to ALL general aviation pilots, the DVDs and a flight simulator room at the local FBO, etc. May as well keep the system busy and paying for itself, perhaps it might also spit out certificates of completion and aviation insurance companies may consider lowering rates too? Indeed, I hope you will consider all this and think on it.

Free Online Games Can Improve Your Memory

When it comes to free online games, many parents are not so keen about introducing them to their children. However, there are benefits in these games as well. For starters, many educational games over the internet can be enjoyed during their free time. These are the type of games that can boost a person’s general knowledge and memory skills.

As a matter of fact, it is not just children who can benefit from playing free online games. They, aside from being easily obtainable over the internet, can also be used as a bonding time of parents and their kids. Young tots care nothing more than an hour or two spent with their moms or dads having fun. For the child, it is enjoyment. For adults, playing these games can be a source of relaxation to their everyday duties.

Free online games stimulate a person’s mind in such a special way no other learning tools can. Games can enhance one’s memory without tiring it just like studying would be. Needless to say, everybody needs a dose of them every single day in order to make their mind work faster and better. If your body needs physical exercise, so does your brain. And there is no better way to do it than while having fun!

The exercise that mental games give to your brain keeps it focused and sharp. Select an online game that is both entertaining and stimulating so you can train your brain really well. For example, playing word games is a good way of improving your vocabulary. A simple game of Tetris, on the other hand, can improve your spatial abilities. Furthermore, there are a host of trivia and memory games online that can definitely make an intellectual out of you.

Free online games can be played either alone or against another player. Choose the one that best fits the situation any given day. It is also possible for you and your child to play as a team and battle it up against a computer. Pool in efforts and beat your opponents. There are also many networked games that pit you against other players in other parts of the world.

Over the internet, you will find only two general kinds of games: the paid for games and the free online games. While the paid ones are more elaborate and complex, there will always be free versions of them over the internet that you can play instead.

Also, there are downloadable trial versions of these games for sure. Before buying a game – if you really must – it is always advisable that you try them first-hand so you can be sure that it is the one that you really want and that it can entertain you in the manner that you desire. There are quite a number of free online games available these days, each belonging to a different genre or category. Try each of them if you have the time so you can fully explore the fun of playing online.

Playing Deer Hunting Games To Keep You in the Sport During the Off-Season

If you’re avid deer hunter and you’re into video games, deer hunting games could be a fun source of entertainment during the off season. Or if you’re not able to go hunting for real due to time constraints or any other number of reasons, going virtual hunting may get you through the season with at least some of the virtual challenge of the sport.

With the technological advancements of the 21st century, you can find some very challenging and realistic types of games that you can play right in the comfort of your home on your Wii or Xbox or any other video game system. Or you can find some interactive online settings where you can challenge other online hunters to simulation games.

Whichever format you choose, there are a variety of deer hunting games depending on what level of challenge you want and how realistic you want it to feel. And most of these virtual reality games come with a range of themes as well, like different settings for the hunt or different types of weapons depending on the season.

For instance, you may pick a forest environment theme or a guided hunt theme, and then choose the deer hunting season where you’re using either a muzzle-loader or flintlock, bow, rifle or shotgun.

Some of these games may have a theme where you’re only allowed to shoot certain types of deer, for instance, buck season or doe season. Or maybe your challenge is to get a buck with a specific amount of points or you have to bring home a button buck. And the game will be made so realistic that you’ll feel like you’re actually out there hunting, trying to find just that particular type of deer.

Some deer hunting games may even include challenges like coming up on the occasion wild and dangerous animals that you have to avoid while on your hunt, like bear, snakes and other wild creatures that will really test your quick thinking and fast acting skills to keep your virtual hunter alive as well as add to the excitement of the game.

There are also some games that have additional features to give you some realistic challenges in a variety of outdoor hunting and fishing sports that virtually put you in real-life scenarios where you’ll hunt some pretty realistic animals programmed with advanced artificial intelligence.

Whatever format or level of challenge you decide on, there are a lot of deer hunting games to choose from. Ask your friends for their opinions or read the online reviews before deciding. Or pick up a couple so you have a nice variety to keep you busy during the off-season.

Play and Download Free Games Online!

Everyone loves games, have it be board games, video games, or online games. Also depending on your personal preferences, there is probably a game out there that would be the perfect one for you! I always enjoy playing games online simply because its easy, fun, and it helps me to relax when I’m really stressed out! Some of my favorite sites are Pogo dot com, TheArcadeForum dot com, and AddictingGames dot com. Pogo and Addicting Games are actual game sites.

The Arcade Forum is a gaming forum which also has an arcade with thousands of games ready to be played by you and you can even play as a guest with out being blocked! On the other hand if you’re looking for games to download onto your desktop you can do this as well with sites like iWin, BigFish or Real Arcade. As said above there are various types of games as well as genres you can play online. Here is a very small list of some of the games genres that might interest you:

Puzzle & Strategy
Casino & Cards
Memory & Matching
Sports
Arcade
Flying
Pinball
Platform
Role Playing
and more!

On most sites where you will be looking for games to download they will give you a trial version that you don’t have to pay for beforehand. These trials last anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours depending on the game, as well as the game site. If you’re interested in searching for a gaming site or a web site that has games available for download or you just want to visit certain sites to play games on, try searching on Google for “Download Games Online” or “Play Free Games Online.” Or if you’re searching for a game in particular you can also try search terms like “Qbeez Game Download” or “Play Qbeez Online.” Be as specific or unspecific as you want but note that more than likely if you’re specific you will probably find a lot more gaming sites that have the type of games you like! For example you can search for things on Google like “Play Online Puzzle Games” or “Play Free Puzzle Games Online”, this will bring up pages of gaming websites that have puzzle games available to you!

Also, If you would like to you can check out TheArcadeForum and other forums like it such as ChatterBox Forum and YoBux you can check out your favorite search engine and search for keywords such as “Gaming Forums Online”, “Arcade Forums Online” or “Online Gaming Forums With Arcades.”