Reaction Simulation is the brainchild of longtime pilot and programmer Jeff Goin.
His passion for education is evident in products he created for powered paraglider pilots, including the best-selling Powered Paragliding Bible, Risk & Reward with William Shatner, and more recently, Paraglider and Paramotor Instructor. More relevant was the Master Powered Paragliding series and Airspace & Law for Ultralights videos.
Jeff’s recent programming experience includes developing the flight dynamics code for Rob Catto’s Virtual Foot Flyer. It models the weird pendular behavior of paramotor flight so students can learn to compensate before diverging into a crash. It had become clear that live rehearsal was the best way to have confidence in student reactions but there was no off-the-shelf code to pull it off. There is now.
In early 2019 he dramatically improved that flight code to use better physics and allow full, realistic action in all three axis. You could go upside down. A Virtual Foot Flyer is running at EAA’s museum in Oshkosh, WI.
That experience, and the Boeing Max tragedies of 2019, sparked a realization that we needed to do more with how airline pilots learn and practice responses to time-critical scenarios. Reaction Simulation was born.
Jeff wrote the initial simulator in 2019 then we hired high-end talent to help bring it all together in what became an all-out effort to extract the iPad’s full potential. There is so much there.
Safety is always a balance of risk mitigation versus cost. Cold as that may sound, it is our reality. If we make flying too expensive, we sentence people to their far-more-dangerous cars. We make choices. Our hope is that some choices can be made with minimum cost and maximum benefit. It’s not practical to do everything needed full motion, 40 million dollar simulators. Reaction Simulation aims to provide a revolutionary change to that metric.