Thursday, January 23, 2014

Hub City Aviation: Flight simulator trains student pilots

Before pilots soar through the skies, they hone their skills as students in training school.

Hub City Aviation offers a flight simulator for a life-like flying experience.

The Redbird Simulator mimics a Cessna Aircraft cockpit with computer-generated images that replicate the pilot's view.

The entire structure moves in imitation of an aircraft's motion.

The simulator actually costs about the same as two real training aircrafts but Chief Flight Instructor, Louie Hilliard, said the tool is invaluable for training.

Hilliard said using the Instructor Station he can cause emergencies and obstacles, like broken circuits or severe weather, and analyze how the student pilot reacts.

Fox 34's Brittany Price takes the Redbird Simulator for a first-time test run.

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