ISU Aviation Technology department receives brand new training equipment

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV)– ISU’s Aviation Technology program received a new training simulator that allows students to learn how to fly without leaving the classroom.

ISU senior, Spencer Chupp, said he and his classmates will receive a variety of new training.

“I’m looking forward to the new classes that it’s going to bring. We didn’t have the opportunities that we used to. And this gives us the opportunity to have different types of classes to give a wide variety of teachers and students new information,” Chupp said. 

The device mimics different scenarios, such as turbulence, extreme weather conditions and animal disruptions.

Patrick Knight, an ISU aviation instructor, said the equipment will help improve the program.

“The simulator is going to allow us to model up to 52 different aircraft. We’re going to tailor it to some of our more advanced classes. It’s going to give the students an opportunity to learn how to use those advanced systems. It’ll prepare them for a career in commercial aviation,” Knight said. 

The device cost the school’s aviation department $280,000. 

Knight said both students and instructors are still getting used to the new equipment. 

However, it’ll benefit the program in the long run.

“It’s a relatively complex piece of equipment. So, it’s a bit of a learning curve with the sim instructors as far as getting used to using it. Overall, it’s been utilized quite a bit with over 60 hours on with students getting inside the cockpit.  It’s been a great training tool for us.”

Those who graduate from the school’s aviation program, move on to ISU’s flight academy at Hulman Field.

Students work as instructors there until they have enough hours to get a job with a commercial airline.

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