Elizabeth City State University, the historically Black educational institution in North Carolina, has advanced its aviation science program with the addition of the Redbird MCX Flight Simulator. The simulator has seats for both instructor and student, enabling enhanced hands-on instruction. The new simulator has controls similar to those in the university’s fleet of planes used for flying instruction. The simulator sits on an electric full-motion platform that simulates the movement of an airplane. The simulator can train student pilots in emergency situations that would be unsafe to conduct in actual flight.
Students using the new simulator can earn training hours that can be used toward their overall flight training hours. These simulated flights reduce the overall costs of the program as it lessens expenses for fuel, plane maintenance etc.