Yes, Intel® NUC Can Fly

The Intel® NUC Mini PC can often be found powering home-based media servers, or serving as an unobtrusive PC tucked away out of sight, but it can also be found put to use in unexpected and interesting ways. We recently came across one example on Twitter, where a photo of six networked Intel NUC Mini PCs powering a flight simulator was recently posted.

Turns out the creator of the setup is SimLoc Research, a Spanish company who makes flight simulation products and services used by companies, aviation professionals, and amateurs. We asked Sergio Dominguez and his colleagues at SimLoc Research a few questions about their unique setup and simulator.

Q and A

Q: WHAT IS THE SIMLOC FLIGHT SIMULATOR?
A: The SimLoc flight simulator is a cost-effective solution to provide training for airline pilots. The model in the photo represents the ATR 42 and ATR 72 planes.

Q: WHY DID YOU BUILD THE FIRST FLIGHT SIMULATOR?
A: The ATR 42/72 tactile flight simulator was built for the Spanish airline Swiftair so they could train their pilots in Madrid, instead of sending their pilots to be trained with an old analog flight simulator in Vienna.

Q:WHAT WAS YOUR TIMELINE FOR BUILDING THE SOFTWARE?
A: We had six months to develop and certify the simulator. But because it received overwhelmingly positive feedback from the pilots, we are continuing to expand upon and improve it.

Q: DESCRIBE YOUR SIMUATOR
A: Our simulator has six touch screens, spatially located in the same place as in a real aircraft, and a gesture-based tactile interface which allows any pilot to drive our simulator as if it were a real plane. While we use a commercial solution for the graphics and flight environment, our software team developed the core of the software, namely the plane with all its systems and procedures and user-friendly interface, all of which are loaded onto six networked Intel NUC systems (NUC6i3SYH)’s with 8 GB RAM and 250 GB SSD photo represents the ATR 42 and ATR 72 planes.

Q: WHY DID YOU CHOSE THE INTEL NUC AS YOUR HARDWARE COMPONENT?
A: The Intel NUC has the capability to be expanded in several ways, has high market availability and strong technical support, and is very small, very configurable, and very reliable. We chose one smart solution to develop another smart solution.

Fasten your seat belts

Intel NUC Mini PCs are a key component of SimLoc Research’s ability to help pilots fly. Their size and customizability enable them to work just about anywhere. Where will an Intel NUC turn up next? Let us know in the comments how you’re using, or plan to use, an Intel NUC—we’d love to hear from you!

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Flight Simulator

Recreating the cockpit of ATR 42 and ATR 72 aircraft, this multi-screen simulator is powered by six Intel NUC6i3SYHs.

The brains of the operation, the six NUCs have the footprint of one desktop tower while packing many times more power.

The brains of the operation, the six NUCs have the footprint of one desktop tower while packing many times more power.

The innovators of SimLoc research, revealed.

The innovators of SimLoc research, revealed.

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