FIT Aviation Installs New Flight Training Simulators

By  //  September 24, 2013


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Simulators feature wrap-around visuals

BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA — Florida Institute of Technology’s flight training arm, FIT Aviation (FITA), recently installed four Redbird MCX training simulators. 

FIT Aviation flight instructor Michael Marik, left, and Fred Breier, senior check instructor. (FIT image)

FIT Aviation flight instructor Michael Marik, left, and Fred Breier, senior check instructor. (FIT image)

These were ordered as a special configuration to match its Piper single-engine fleet.

“We had a special need for a particular type of trainer, with broad flexibility, because our growing training fleet is equipped with three types of glass panel configurations,” said Ken Stackpoole, Vice President of Aviation Programs.

“Redbird proposed custom convertible trainers using their unique emulation platform, which promised FITA three different configurations using change-out panels.

“This gives our training team the ability to match the simulator with the airplane configuration, and creates the opportunity to expand into more airplane types in the future.”

UNPRECEDENTED MOTION-CAPABLE TRAINING

“We had a special need for a particular type of trainer, with broad flexibility, because our growing training fleet is equipped with three types of glass panel configurations,” said Ken Stackpoole, Vice President of Aviation Programs.

“This type of flexibility in a motion-capable training platform is unprecedented,” said Stackpoole.

The advanced features of the Redbird MCX include wrap-around visuals, a fully enclosed cockpit, quick-change configurations, scenario-based training compatibility and an electric motion platform.

Ken Stackpoole

Ken Stackpoole

The university also purchased a Redbird crosswind trainer to be used in improving the crosswind proficiency of its pilots.

Shannon Ferry, FITA Chief Instructor, and Michael Klenz, FITA Chiefof Standards, traveled to Redbird Skyport in San Marcos, Texas. At Skyport, Redbird develops training programs which use simulation to best advantage to lower training times and costs.

“This is about safer, better training, at a lower cost to our customers,” said Ferry.

“We are determined to be the most effective trainers we can be, and the Redbird MCX is a powerful tool to achieve that end.”


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