The Future of Flight Training

Location: Banksmeadow, Sydney, NSW

Duration: 3 months

Keywords: C++, Electronics, Computer interfaces, Fibre Optics, Thunderbolt

Project Background

SynFlyt is a Sydney based company founded in 2011 with a mission to make flight simulator training better and more accessible, through innovation design using the latest materials and technologies. Until now, flight schools have faced challenges in providing adequate simulator training to students through lack of space, facilities and resources. SynFlyt has removed these barriers by creating the world’s first outdoor, high tech but affordable Synthetic Flight Training Device (SFTD) with Three Degrees of Freedom (3DOF).

SynFlyt’s Innovation 21TM incorporates cutting-edge, customisable features and provides safe, convenient, immersive and effective pilot training that is fully integrated with the CASA syllabus.

As well as having the smallest footprint, SynFlyt’s Innovation 21 TM is the only flight simulator that can be located outdoors, for secure 24/7 access via fingerprint recognition, with full internet integration for training set up and monitoring.

Utilising the global coverage of partner DigitalGlobe’s satellite imagery, SynFlyt can provide training on any airport runway in the world.

SynFlyt have designed a custom computer for the Flight Simulator. They now require a PhD intern with electronic design skills and understanding to develop it further to implement Intel’s “Thunderbolt” and the fibre optic communication between the computer and the projection system.

Research to be Conducted

To research, develop and implement the fibre optic communication between the Embedded Computer system and Flight Simulators internal Projection System over Fibre Optic cable.

Skills Required

  • C++
  • Deep understanding of electronics and computer interfaces
  • Exposure to Fibre Optics or strong understanding
  • Understanding of “Thunderbolt” would be a bonus
  • Strong communicator, team player and contributor

Expected Outcomes

It is expected that the Intern will develop the necessary interface for the fibre optic between the computer and projection system board using Intel’s “Thunderbolt”. On completion of this project, SynFlyt will have a comprehensive and powerful embedded computer system to facilitate all the operations of the SynFlyt Innovation 21TM General Aviation Flight Simulator. This embedded computer system will be the first and most powerful of its kind, incorporating not only “Thunderbolt” which will handle Displayport 2.1 but also Ethernet over Fibre optic. This powerful embedded PC system is expected to have a lifespan of at least 10 years and will operate all SynFlyt’s Simulators going forward.

Additional Details

The intern will receive $3,000 per month of the internship, usually in the form of stipend payments.

It is expected that the intern will primarily undertake this research project during regular business hours, spending at least 50% of their time on-site with the industry partner. The intern will be expected to maintain contact with their academic mentor throughout the internship either through face-to-face or phone meetings as appropriate.

The intern and their academic mentor will have the opportunity to negotiate the project’s scope, milestones and timeline during the project planning stage.

To participate in the AMSI Intern program, all applicants must satisfy the following criteria:

  • Be a PhD currently enrolled at an Australian university
  • PhD candidature must be confirmed.
  • Applicants must have the written approval of their Principal Supervisor to undertake the internship. This approval must be submitted at the time of application via the standard form available on the AMSI Intern website during the application process.
  • Internships are also subject to any requirements stipulated by the student’s and the academic mentor’s university.
Applications Close

16 October 2017

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