We have had the chance to interview one of our customers, TFT.AERO, a Russian leading sim company for both entertainment as high level training.
You can find photos and detailed information on their website: http://en.tft.aero/
Could you please shortly introduce TFT.AERO?
We are a company located in Moscow, Russia. We have two simulators with motion platform – it’s a B737NG and an Airbus A320. The simulation center is located near the center of the city. We are represented by Evgeny Yushkin – the owner and the founder of the project – , me – Konstantin Klubnichkin, the engineer and the technical team leader- , several instructors and the secretary.
See at the following link:http://tft.aero/description/gallery for photos. The white and square one is the B737NG, and the round and shiny one is the new A320.
When we started the new simulator building project, we also called a team of engineers and technical staff who have been assisting us during the assembly process.
How did your project start?
It started in 2009, by building the B737NG simulator. The idea was to build an entertainment simulator and let the common people from the street fly on it.
After the successful launch of our first simulator, we decided to build another one – the A320, and this was completed in 2013.
Tell us about your products/product line.
We have two “lines” of business – entertainment use of the simulators, and the construction of simulators for customers who want the simulator for private use.
The entertainment part is easy – we give the opportunity to everyone to fly with a simulator. Also we organize exhibitions for aviation photographers and private parties.
The “building” part is more complex due to the price of the device – it’s much more expensive than the usual simmer can spend.
We act both as a system integrator and an engineering company. As it is almost impossible to find on the market a good usable solution for the motion platform, we decided to adapt the hardware to a motion environment, or develop/build it ourselves.
What made TFT a success?
Well, the short answer is – the invaluable experience.
When we start to assembly a new simulator for entertainment, the main goal is to make it as robust as we can, and as easy in daily operation possible.
Finally, we can provide the quality and the robustness comparable with the “real” aviation simulators.
What makes your project different from its competitors?
There are not so many companies that can supply a simulator with 180° degrees HD-projection visual system on a motion platform, that can survive in a public place and used as an entertainment device, and all that for a reasonable amount of money.
The two simulators finally require only one engineer several hours a week, in a working time. The occasional main issues that sometimes come up, can be easily fixed remotely, and the rest is fixed either by swapping the failed instrument with the spare one, or a short repair.
What are your main goals for the near future?
The main goal is to distribute entertainment simulators all over the Russia.
Why did you choose Project Magenta?
I’ve made a tender of some kind before the final decision, and finally we’ve chosen Project Magenta due to the time on market, the number of compatible hardware and the support.