SPSU has acquired a $41,800 flight simulator that students will use to test and modify their designs in the university’s aerospace engineering (AE) minor program, which provides students with the knowledge and skills needed to design and deploy effective aircraft systems and solve engineering problems related to this process.
Equipped with all the usual gauges and levers that control planes, the simulator can mimic a number of different types of aircraft in various weather conditions, day or night. It sits on a motion platform with actuators that give the pilot a sense of being in flight.
The simulator will be part of the curriculum of the AE minor, which now has 45 students enrolled, compared to just 14 last fall. “Students will load their designs into the computer connected to the simulator, test the efficiency of their aircraft, make modifications and retest them to determine how the modifications affect flight,” explained Dr. Adeel Khalid, assistant professor of systems engineering.
The simulator will be a boon to aerospace engineering education at SPSU, Dr. Khalid noted. “It’s one thing to read about all this in a textbook but quite another thing to get a hands-on education.”