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Modern Classic - Steve Harper Interview

Modern Classic - Steve Harper Interview

Thu 24th March 2016

In late 2015 Keith Adams of Modern Classic interviewed Steve Harper in his Studio about this past...

Concept 90 Theme sketches 1987.11


Starting in November 1987 from a small caricature sketch, the design of the first all new generation of full flight simulators was created for Rediffusion Simulation, one of the world’s leading flight training products manufacturers.

The Concept 90 project as it became known began in earnest in February 1988, with the creation of more detailed Exterior proposals around a very rigid set of design and package parameters, set by the regulated specifications for the craft.

The design also was crafted around a new modular construction technique, and used large resin & plastic panels, capable of withstanding the forces and vibrations created during the ‘flight’ lifetime of the simulator.

The Interior was designed to be a major manufacturing and ergonomic improvement over the previous ‘handbuilt’ instructor areas. This meant that it also had to cater for a wide variety of training scenarios, as well as a number of different aircraft cockpit types. 

Working closely with the project team based in Crawley UK, Steve Harper led the design’s development and supervision of the simulator all of the way through to the projects completion and launch.

With its ability to be fitted with all of the available commercial cockpits, the Concept 90 Simulator revolutionised the business, and can be seen in the prestigious training 'halls' of some of the world's leading airlines.