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EKU-A Acquires the Latest in Flight Simulation Technology

EKU Aviation student Tori Williams pilots the new SIM

Eastern Kentucky University Aviation has just received the latest in flight simulation technology. To enhance flight training, a Precision Flight Controls Advanced Aircraft Training Device (AATD) has been added to the aviation program’s inventory.

This SIM will allow students to be taught state-of-the-art flying techniques- from the safety of the ground, and at a lower cost.

According to Ralph Gibbs, the EKU Aviation Director of Aviation, this new AATD offers EKU Aviation students the opportunity to train with the latest Glass Cockpit Technologies. While all airlines fly aircraft with glass cockpits, most training aircraft do not possess that technology. Former technology includes round-dial cockpits.

Additionally, this model has added motion to the simulation. When the pilot tilts the nose for a landing or take off, the simulator tilts as well. When the pilot rolls the aircraft left or right, the cabin tilts to simulate a roll in either direction. If there is turbulence in the flight, the simulator shakes. The simulation is so realistic it can even cause motion sickness!

The Aviation program includes between 70-80 hours of flight simulation for every graduate. This is a large increase in simulation hours from recent years. Gibbs is proud of the progress of his program. “We’ve transformed our curriculum to match peer institutions and the demands of the flight industry.”

The new AATD will be used to simulate jet aircraft operating at airspeeds approximately equal to 4 times the speed they flew in their training Cessna propeller driven aircraft. Aviation is offering senior students who already have achieved instrument ratings in other aircraft this jet transition/airline flight operations course as a capstone course.

Meanwhile, sophomore Tori Williams from Frankfort, Kentucky, gave a demonstration of the SIM, and expressed how excited she is to fly- even on the ground. “I haven’t had a chance to fly this one. It seems a lot smoother than the older models. I’m excited to get to fly commercial someday, and I think this practice is going to help a lot.”

For more information on the Aviation program at EKU, visit

Published on October 05, 2015

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