TCA - Trans-Canada Air Lines / Air Canada
Synthetic flying training
This March 1955 advert from the Canadian Aviation Magazine tells of the Canadian Government and TCA - Trans-Canada Air
Lines choice to use the AT.100 synthetic flying trainer for use by Viscount and North Star crews.
In the 1950s a Viscount training mechanism was seen as essential as a way to train pilots without putting an aircraft
at risk. Electronic computers were still in the future, so a mechanical computer was built that could simulate the four
Rolls-Royce Dart turboprops and the three axes of flight (pitch, roll and yaw).
These photos of the TCA - Trans-Canada Air Lines / Air Canada Viscount simulator at the Canadian Air and Space Museum,
Downsview Park, Toronto, Canada show the electro-mechanical computer.