Learn to fly commercial drones & practice your flight tests
Develop your piloting skills in real world commercial scenarios
Evaluate drone applications requiring pilot and response team coordination.
Supports VR headsets for development of real world situational awareness
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The 'Rotor Pilot' commercial drone simulator will support you and accelerate your progress all the way from new pilot to experienced pilot. As a new pilot you will use standard flight modes and controls to pilot drones within the simulator and avoid expensive crashes. The time you spend flying and learning new skills within the simulator will directly benefit your real world flying. Then as an experienced pilot you can practice new scenarios and gain confidence to help ensure the success of your real world assignments.
VR READY: For a fully immersive experience that can really develop your situational awareness enter virtual reality with the addition of a VR Headset (HP Reverb etc.)
The drones you fly in Rotor Pilot will feel familiar and are similar to popular commercial drones in wide use. These range from 350mm to 1180mm in size with both quad and hex copter configurations. Select the most appropriate drone and payload for the task at hand, the larger hex copter includes both photographic and thermal vision sensors along with a spotlight for night flying.
The commercial drone simulator you will be flying uses accurate flight modelling to ensure your time spent on the simulator directly benefits your real world flying. Vmach Media simulation has a proven track record training drone pilots in the highly demanding world of drone racing where accuracy and reaction times are critical. When flying commercially you may lose GPS satellite reception or suffer other sensor failures so it's important that you have experience in a less assisted mode (eg stabilized) to safely fly your drone back to the landing area.
Flight modes include: GPS, Altitude, Stabilized and RTH (Return To Home)
Rotor Pilot supports a wide range of real-world RC flight controllers that connect to your computer via USB. Depending on your controller this will be via a direct cable, trainer port cable and dongle or radio link adapter. You can also fly the simulator using a standard two joystick gamepad
PC Controller Support Includes: Taranis, Spektrum, Turnigy, TBS, Phantom 2, Jumper T8SG
MAC Controller Support Includes: Taranis, Spektrum with Orange wireless dongle, Jumper T8S.
Flying commercially requires a good scanning technique to ensure you have situational awareness of you drones location, potential threats and flight system status. The Rotor Pilot on-screen displays include all of the essential systems information needed to help you develop a safe flying technique.
Systems Info includes: Flight mode, satellite count, radio link strength, battery capacity remaining, height, distance, speed, vertical speed.
Your flight begins when you start your motors and ends when you have landed and stopped your motors. For the duration of your flight Rotor Pilot records your performance for later playback and review. Ground track and height charts allow you to see how accurately you have flown your assignment. This is great for checking the accuracy of your line of sight perspective as well as your height control.
Being able to flying your drone without GPS is definitely a good skill to have. If you should ever loose you GPS reception it could mean the difference between getting your drone back or having it lost or damaged. Flying without GPS on a calm day is not so difficult, when the wind picks up things get significantly harder. To help you develop your skills in a safe environment Rotor Pilot provides a weather system allowing you to set wind direction and speed. A great way to develop your piloting skills in adverse weather without risking you real world drone.
You are standing in a field with grass all around you and trees in the distance. You look up to see your drone flying close by, you look down at your FPV Monitor to check your camera view and systems information. Occasionally you glance behind to check that no one is approaching your landing zone. Virtual reality brings you all of this and is ideal for practicing your close in line of sight flying while scanning your surroundings and systems. Rotor Pilot puts you into virtual reality with support for Oculus Rift.
You are in a field with cones marking out the flight patterns your examiner wishes you to fly. An ideal location to learn to fly and practice the manoeuvres you will be expected to carry out during your commercial flight test. Make sure you can fly proficiently in basic Stabilised mode before going to the assisted Alti and GPS modes.
Included in free download
The Rotor Pilot commercial drone simulation software uses the latest 3d engine technology and needs a reasonable spec PC to provide realistic visuals and a smooth flight experience.
MS WINDOWS PC
The minimum recommended spec is: Windows 10 64bit OS, Intel i5 dual core CPU, NVidia 1050 graphics card (or equivalent), 4GB RAM plus internet connection (see below for VR support)
Rotor Pilot is also available for MAC and requires a system with a reasonable 3D graphics capability such as the latest iMacs. Due to the range of systems and graphics capabilities we recommend downloading and installing the free trial to evaluate performance on your own MAC.
Rotor Pilot VR supports MS Windows PCs with Oculus Rift S, Oculus Quest 2 (with link to PC), HP Reverb and HTC (windows mixed reality & Steam VR). Your systems and it's graphics card must be of suitable performance to support VR applications (e.g. Nvidia RTX3060) check your graphics card manufacturers website.