ELITE Air Tractor AT-802 / AT-502

Features of the ELITE Air Tractor AT-802 & AT-502:

The offered ELITE Air Tractor Training Device is a full replica of the actual AT-802 Flight Deck environment and its functionalities.

All relevant Flight Deck controls, panels, knobs, switches, and other components found in the actual aircraft Flight Deck are replicated in size, look, feel and functionality in the Training Device.
In addition to aircraft hardware, the aircraft systems and avionics are simulated in detail to ensure the ability to represent and train virtually all phases of flight under normal, abnormal, and emergency conditions. Behind the Training Devices Flight Deck is an Instructor Operating Station with sufficient room for the instructor and an observer.

This simulator is useful as a training instrument for Fire Bombing, crop dusting, and practicing engine start-ups, failures, and various emergencies. Whilst the simulator is useful in flight training its real value is realized in that placing pilots in emergency situations that include adverse weather conditions and failures that allow corrective action to be practiced time and time again. This simulator has the ability to be accredited under EASA FNPTII classification as well as AATD under FAA regulations.

Included in this package is the “Vulcan” firefighting software system to complement the training performed in the Simulation unit. The Vulcan project takes into consideration the following factors:

  • Fire Characteristics:

The fires can be generated in specific areas and depending on the climatic conditions introduced will grow dynamically.
o Fires can be started small and will grow according to climatic conditions or they can be started over a large area to emulate existing fire conditions.
o Speed and direction of fire controllable.
o Fire controlled using Fuel type, Temperature, Humidity, Dryness on ground.
o Ability of fire to spread over large areas.

  • Smoke

o Ability to change smoke characteristics depending on fuel and energy.
o Turbulence variance
o Ability to regulate smoke density in burned out areas.

  • Retardants:

o Different retardant features associated with water, foams, and gels including the different weight of the retardants makes for a real mission.
o Water will have the associated effect when dropped on the fire taking into consideration the energy and heat associated with the particular fire.
o Similarly, other retardants will possess real-world qualities to be used to box in the various fires and stop them from spreading.
o Densities of retardants will have the necessary effect on aircraft performance.

Outside and in front of the Training Device is a curved projection screen where the synthetic world is projected on by three high-definition projectors that are mounted above the Training Device. The result is a highly accurate Flight Deck and large-scale visual system that provides an immersive training environment that puts pilots in an incredibly realistic simulated environment where they can learn jet flying skills that are nearly impossible to train using actual aircraft.

The AT-802 Flight Deck consists of the following:

  •  Realistic control stick, Kawak throttle quadrant, and rudder pedals.
  • Realistic replica Garmin G430 GPS units with an updatable database.
  • Realistic transponder, DME, and ADF.
  • Fire Retardant Control System.
  • TracMap System with operational light bar.
  • Realistic center panel and switches.
  • State-of-the-art integrated control loading on the control stick.
  • 4m DOME scenery system providing 270° out of cockpit visuals.
  • Replica Air Tractor fiberglass cockpit. (It is to be noted that the plug of this cockpit has been taken from an actual Air Tractor so is exact in all aspects to the real aircraft).
  • Flight model and engine parameters developed in conjunction with Air Tractor Pilots.

The main simulation features:

  • Controls: Realistic control Stick, Rudder Pedals, and Throttle quadrant. The control stick has an inbuilt force feedback system.
  • Avionics: Analogue instrumentation replicates the exact configuration of the Air Tractor 802 aircraft which function almost exactly the same as the real gauges do in the actual aircraft ensuring maximum transfer of learning and muscle memory retention but at a fraction of the cost.
  • Force Feedback: Force feedback on the Control Stick ensures an accurate feel to the control surfaces with changes in airspeed and weight configurations, resulting in a realistic control feel, which adds to the development of muscle memory and rapid emersion into the simulation scenario.
  • Aerodynamics: A very accurate aerodynamic and realistic feel during flight has been developed. Our flight model software for the device has been developed with the aid of extensive feedback from Air Tractor Pilots to ensure a realistic and accurate flight model.
  • Cockpit enclosure: The device enclosure consists of a Fiberglass shell that has been built to replicate the exact same shape and dimensions of the actual aircraft.
  • Sound System: ELITE makes use of state-of-the-art sound equipment that generates accurate engine and system sounds thereby adding to a more rapid and accurate emersion and generation of a lasting learning experience.
  • Scenery System: The flight platform scenery software provides a worldwide database of airports, terrain, and major city outlines. In addition to this extensive database, ELITE can optionally also build a specific accurate scenery representation of at least one base that your organization operates from. The database of this software is able to be updated with the latest information from real-world sources.

Visual system:

  • 200-degree horizontal and 45-degree vertical, curved, movie-quality projector screen and frame
  • Three overhead projectors to create a high-definition (HD) visual environment which simulates frontal and side window visual effects
  • 5760 x 1080 pixels (6.2 million pixels)
  • Pilot in Commands FOV Eye Point Adjustment through IOS station
  • Warping and Edge Blending
  • Structure for projector support
  • Features full immersion during the training session


Instructor Operator Station

The Instructor Operator Station by ELITE provides the following components and functionalities:

· Instructor Station Control Panel with intuitive touch-screen GUI

· Instructor station enclosure with Instructor desk, two Flat panel touch monitors intuitive and ergonomic layout, and functionality

Software capable of

· Easily repositioning the aircraft to a variety of ground and Flight positions instantly

· Adjusting the time to include dawn, day, dusk, and night

· Adjusting the weather such as winds, cloud cover, visibility, rain, and snow

· Activating Pause, Reposition, and Event Marking

· Loading saved scenarios to include: aircraft position, aircraft configuration, and weather parameters

· Track and Departure/Approach plots to be recorded, displayed, stored, and printable

· Simulation of a variety of failures 

· Display of a moving map that shows aircraft position, surrounding airports, and navigational aids

· QTG test software


Certification level/approvals:

The ELITE AT-802 meets the following certification criteria:

  • FAA AATD (Advanced Aircraft Training Device) and FTD level 4-5


The names Air Tractor and AT-802, as well as related names, marks, emblems, and images, are registered trademarks of their respective owners. ELITE is not affiliated with any brand.

Pictures and setups may differ from the actual product, and depend on the options selected. All pictures and documents available on this website are strictly nonbinding.


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