Flight simulator helps students meet new FAA rules

  • 07-Mar-2013 03:51 EST
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FlightSafety International's Airbus A320 Level D simulator.

This fall, flight students at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Daytona Beach, FL, campus will be able to take the controls in a sophisticated full-motion flight simulator purchased from FlightSafety International. Once the U.S. FAA qualifies the device, the university will have the only active Level D full-flight simulator in collegiate aviation. The CRJ-200 Level D simulator replicates the cockpit and instrumentation of a regional airline jet and enables students to safely train for operations in realistic, difficult conditions, such as adverse weather. It will be installed this summer in the university’s Advanced Flight Simulation Center. The new simulator will be used to help Embry-Riddle students qualify for a proposed FAA ruling that will require all pilots who wish to obtain Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) certification to complete a training course. This course requirement stems from new conditions set forth by the Airline Safety and Federal Aviation Administration Extension Act of 2010. Embry-Riddle has created a special course that will utilize the flight simulator to help prepare its students for the ATP exam.

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