|NVIDIA-Powered PCs Power Experimental Aircraft Association’s “Countdown to Kitty Hawk” and “Microsoft® Flight Simulator™” Virtual Wright Flyer Cradles
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SANTA CLARA, CA AND DEARBORN, MI―JUNE 12, 2003―NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA), the worldwide leader in visual processing solutions, announced today that it is the premiere sponsor of Experimental Aircraft Association’s (EAA’s) “Countdown to Kitty Hawk presented by Ford Motor Company” enabling thousands of people of all ages to virtually pilot historic aircraft. Billed as the most elaborate celebration of aviation in the past 100 years, NVIDIA has provided 20 high-end desktop PCs equipped with NVIDIA® GeForce™ 4 graphics and NVIDIA nForce™2 platform processors that allow attendees to fly virtual the aircraft within “Microsoft Flight Simulator™ 2004: A Century of Flight”—including a 1903 Wright Flyer, Charles Lindbergh’s Ryan NYP “Spirit of St. Louis,” Douglas DC3, 747, and a Piper J-3C-65 "Cub"—inside the 24,000-square-foot touring pavilion.
As part of the interactive “Countdown to Kitty Hawk” exhibits, NVIDIA-powered PCs are also being used for specially-designed 1903 Wright Flyer virtual cradles running the soon-to-be-released “Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004: A Century of Flight” software. The cradles, which will be part of the touring pavilion, allow would-be pilots to operate the virtual aircraft from a horizontal hip cradle, using hand levers and a shifting hip mechanism to control virtual takeoffs and landings in front of a giant panoramic projection screen. NVIDIA’s GeForce4 graphics processing units (GPUs) were selected for the cradles for their ability to deliver an ideal blend of performance and features for bringing the historic flyer to life.
“NVIDIA’s commitment of technical resources and expertise allows visitors to EAA’s ‘Countdown to Kitty Hawk’ pavilion to virtually experience flying the way that the ‘Microsoft Flight Simulator’ programmers intended,” said EAA President, U.S. Centennial of Flight Commissioner and former acrobatic pilot Tom Poberezny. “Thanks to NVIDIA’s generosity and Microsoft’s realistic simulation software, the public can experience the thrill of flying as the Wright brothers did nearly 100 years ago."
David Roman, vice president of corporate marketing at NVIDIA added: “Being a part of EAA’s ‘Countdown to Kitty Hawk’ is very exciting as it gives us a unique opportunity to showcase the power and performance of today’s sophisticated GeForce GPUs and bring aviation history to life.”
In addition to Ford Motor Company, NVIDIA joins sponsors “Microsoft Flight Simulator” and Eclipse Aviation, and other partners including FLYING magazine, the Library of Congress, the National Park Service, the U.S. Centennial of Flight Commission, Inventing Flight – Dayton: 2003, the National Air Tour, the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau, and the First Flight Centennial Foundation.