LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) — Liberty University is adding a new tech toy to its curriculum. The university purchased its first ALSIM ALX simulator for the School of Aeronautics (LUSOA).
Liberty bought the simulator in late June and will be at the school’s simulator center during the first week of August.
This device will allow students to learn to fly in different types of simulated planes such as a single-engine piston, similar to a Cessna 172 to a medium jet similar to an Airbus 320. Depending on the student’s skill set, the simulator offers a multitude of flight training services for those who are just learning to more advanced jet orientation training.
“We have been engaged with the professional and welcoming Liberty staff for many years,” said Dr. Scott Firsing of ALSIM’s North America office. “During this time, many of their FTAs like Cirrus Aviation, Paragon Flight Training, and Lanier Flight Center have purchased ALSIM devices. Together we share common goals of making a difference in the aerospace community and providing pilots with the most advanced and realistic training tools available.”
More than 25 aircraft, Cessna 172 and Piper Seminoles being the main planes, are owned and operated by Liberty University. Students in the LUSOA also have an opportunity to train on more than 19 certified training devices, including four Level 5 FTDs.
Liberty’s Simulation Program Manager for Training and Research and Development, Kevin Martin says the ALSIM ALX will help student aviators prepare for future pilot shortages.
“Aviation has a history of feast or famine,” Martin said. “We recognize that the ALSIM ALX provides our program with a multi-faceted device, capable of being scalable to meet the industry requirements now, and into the future. The ALX will allow us to tailor our courses to provide a stellar training program in each of our cognates: Missions, Military, and Commercial Corporate degree tracks. The ALSIM ALX is a complete training system and we are looking forward to continued collaboration between ALSIM and Liberty University. ”
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