Development of aircraft simulation – An essential part of training & aircraft design

8 December 2016

British Airways Waterside Theatre


In the RAeS Heathrow Branch December lecture, Captain Hugh Dibley will present the developments of aircraft simulation as an essential part of training and even aircraft design. He will describe the operational capabilities of the latest visual and motion systems, which are today being applied not only to aircraft simulators but to ground vehicles, naval and space ship simulators.

Captain Dibley will use current examples of the technologies involved in delivering high quality FSTD training. Aircraft and their environment are growing ever more complex and the technologies used to simulate them and provide training are constantly evolving.  Simulation offers a safe environment for practising system failures, abnormal weather, traffic and terrain avoidance, and virtual operation at any airfield in the world.

Captain Dibley will also talk about the Airbus ‘iron bird’ systems integration and test bench and show a video of the first flight of the A380, ‘Reality on 27 April 2005’, where virtual becomes reality as the simulation is put onto the aircraft itself to carry out the validation and integration of the systems at aircraft level. His talk will conclude with a section on Space Flight Tourism Simulation where prospective passengers can experience up to 4 G during acceleration and deceleration prior to their space flight!  

CPD certificates of attendance will be endorsed for CEng, IEng or EngTech registration.

Speaker Details

Captain Hugh Dibley FRAeS, Consultant Flight Instructor, Airbus Training

Captain Hugh Dibley was an A320, A330 and A340 Training Captain, Technical Pilot and Flight Instructor Pilot at Airbus Training, Toulouse. Captain Dibley has flown many aircraft types during the span of his distinctive flying career. He served in the Royal Navy as a pilot and BOAC Air Service Training. In BOAC/BA he was a Flight Navigator in DC-7Cs, Britannias, Comets and B707s. Piloted B707s, B747s and Tristars, became  BA’s Flight Manager Technical,  Training Captain and CAA authorised Examiner and Flight Test Pilot. On leaving BA, he was Director and Chief Pilot of the President UAE; Chief Pilot and Flight Technical Advisor of Air Hong Kong; Director Flight Operations, Air Mauritius and later on, Airbus Training, Toulouse.

Captain Dibley has been much involved in the work of the Royal Aeronautical Society. He has been a member of many RAeS Specialist Groups and Committees, including Flight Simulation Specialist Group and Flight Operations Specialist Group, Chairman of the Toulouse Branch and a member of the RAeS Council. He is also a member of the International Committee for Aviation Training in Extended Envelopes in preparing pilots and simulator programmes to prevent loss of control in extreme situations.

Captain Dibley is a GAPAN  Liveryman,  and following a successful driving period, a Life Member of the British Racing Drivers Club. He is an elected member of the French Académie de l’Air et de l’Espace / Air & Space Academy, a member of American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and Association de Aéronautique et Astronautique de France (AAAF/3AF).  Over the past 40 years, he presented many papers on Fuel Conservation / Operational Efficiency, Noise Reduction, Flight Safety, Flight Simulation, Crew Flight Time Limitations, etc.

We welcome both members and non-members but for security reason, registration of attendance is required for all RAeS Heathrow Branch events.


British Airways Waterside Theatre

British Airways Waterside Theatre

British Airways Waterside Theatre
Harmondsworth UB7 0GA