IOS at a Glance

The Instructor Operator Station (IOS) software is a Frasca developed COTS software suite. It provides the operator with control over the simulation and access to various training management tools.

The Main Menu displayed on the left side is a column of buttons that represent the functions they perform. This provides a means of quickly accessing pages within the IOS. The menu may be minimized, if the IOS is on a smaller display. Tap the Menu button on the top left side to expand it.

Example RTD IOS (193377D)

The More Options Menu displayed on the right side provides the ability to recharge the battery and freeze the trainer.

Pages are used to control aircraft malfunctions, environment conditions, aircraft repositioning, and other functions. Some pages are used to monitor the flight in progress and the position of the aircraft.


Tap – Using one finger, quickly and firmly touch the screen and then lift the finger.  Use this gesture to select an object or activate a button.  Tap can also refer to entering text using the on-screen keyboard.

Scroll/Drag/Pan – Using one finger, quickly and firmly touch the screen, drag the item, and then lift the finger to release the item.  This allows items to be seen that are currently beyond the edges of the screen.

Press – refers to pushing a physical button or keyboard keys.  For example, press [Enter] to continue.

Zoom – Place two fingers on the screen and then spread them apart to zoom in, or bring them together to zoom out.

Pop-ups – Some commands carry out an action immediately; others open a dialog box so that the user can select options.  A pop-up window may also give additional information.

Drop-down Lists – provides a list of additional options.  Tap a text box or drop-down arrow to view a list of choices then tap the item to select it.

Text boxes – Some items require manual data entry.  To set a value select the item then enter the new value in the text box.

Buttons – A button is provided so that the user can execute a command by a tap.  When tapped, in addition to performing a predetermined task, buttons undergo a graphical change to mimic a button being depressed. Tapping a malfunction or setting button will activate it immediately.  Tapping the Normal button will deactivate it.

Toggle Switches – Some switches are designed to toggle behavior on and off similar to a check box.  These switches will show a graphical clue, such as changing colors to indicate the state of the switch. Tapping a malfunction or setting toggle switch will fail, or activate it immediately, tapping it again will deactivate it.

Example RTD IOS Gray Toggle Switch Gray indicates an item is inactive.
Example RTD IOS Red Toggle Switch Red indicates an item is failed.
Example RTD IOS Blue Toggle Switch Blue indicates an item is enabled.

Sliders – provide another way to change malfunctions or settings is to use a slider.  Sliders provide an indication of the minimum and maximum values that are available. Tapping and dragging a malfunction or setting slider will activate it immediately.  Tapping and dragging to its default value will reset or deactivate it.