FlyQuest, a non-profit organization co-located at Huntsville International Airport, has installed the first flight simulator in North Alabama to feature 6 Degrees of Freedom, which enhances the group’s education program for young people interested in pursuing aerospace education and aviation careers.
The DCX MAX FM simulator, a newly developed and highly versatile Advanced Aviation Training Device (AATD), can be easily configured for 25 single engine and 10 multi-engine aircraft. The system includes a full metal cockpit enclosure, dynamic control loading, modern avionics, 225 degree visual system is the world’s first simulator to marry the DCX MAX with a 6 Degrees of Freedom platform.
FlyQuest’s primary use of the aircraft simulator is to teach its students in a safe environment while providing cost-effective, realistic flight training. The organization conducts programs for schools, including home school students, and other youth-based organizations, on topics such as aerodynamics, aircraft systems, weather, and aircrew disciplines. One unique approach is offering scholarships, which require the students to exchange community service of their choice for aviation coursework or flight experience.
"The primary benefits of the simulator for our students is to enable them to practice aircraft scenarios and emergency procedures in a safe environment,” notes Mark Spencer, founder and FlyQuest board chair. “It’s about training them to make informed decisions.” Flight time in aircraft is also an expensive venture, so the simulator adds value to the under-served student population, who might not otherwise have an opportunity to study flight training before making a decision to pursue an aviation career.
FlyQuest will conduct its second ground school program for Butler High School JROTC cadets next year and just completed a similar course for a group ten home school students in Huntsville. The organization has also established links with several community organizations, including conducting flight and aviation educational programs for the Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama. Their Aviation Fundamentals Program enables students to understand the wide variety of aviation opportunities by providing insights into pilot, maintenance, air traffic control and airport operations careers. “Our ultimate goal is for students to identify early on an aviation field that they would like to pursue, either as a career or a recreational hobby. This allows them to better understand what is required for a given field and take actions to pursue the necessary science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) skills to achieve their desires,” notes Russell Lewey, FlyQuest’s Educational Director.
The simulator is also available for hourly rental by pilots, who can perform a substantial amount of their required and optional training hours for certification without leaving the ground. FlyQuest will offer simulator rental discounts to individuals who become supporters of the non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. Donations to FlyQuest also help fund scholarships for deserving students. More information can be found at www.FlyQuest.netBack to News