Whether you’re a corporate pilot working on a new certification, an airline pilot getting ready to change equipment, or a crew chief learning to troubleshoot an onboard maintenance computer – chances are there is some simulator time in your future. Flight and maintenance simulators have become a vital part of the training mix for flight crews and maintenance team members and with good reason. Simulators offer a lot of obvious advantages compared to training on an actual aircraft. For starters, today’s flight simulators can be programmed to mimic all kinds of flight conditions, weather hazards and emergencies, giving pilots a chance to learn how to deal with potential problems without putting them or their aircraft in jeopardy. Simulators also save training time and reduce expenses for operators. The science behind simulation has come a long way since the first Link Trainers were introduced in the late 1920s and then were used to train an estimated 500,000 airmen during World War II. Modern simulators range from the most sophisticated Full Flight Simulator with full six-degree range-of-motion capabilities to Virtual Flight Decks that run on a personal computer. This full range of capabilities will be showcased May 2-4 in Orlando, Fla., when the global aviation training community comes together for WATS – the World Aviation Training Conference and Tradeshow. Honeywell Aerospace is a bronze sponsor of WATS 2017. At this year’s tradeshow we’ll be meeting with customers and showcasing our products, services and software solutions for simulators that enable training providers to offer the best possible training on Honeywell integrated cockpits, flight management systems and other avionics, central maintenance computers and mechanical systems. This will be my 12th year at WATS and I never fail to come away with new ideas and inspiration for how we can use our unique capabilities at Honeywell Training Solutions to create a better, more realistic experience for the end users of the training tools our team creates. As the aviation training industry continues to expand and software applications become more numerous, the number of companies offering training solutions has grown. What sets Honeywell apart is that we’ve been in the training business for decades, working with the top manufacturers of simulator hardware and best training providers. We design and manufacture avionics and mechanical systems for aircraft so we’re able to use the same human interfaces, features and software code in our high-fidelity training tools as we do in the real products. This creates an unmatched learning experience. Come visit us at Exhibit 231 at this year’s show so we can listen to your needs and help you find the right training solutions.