Bendigo Flight School takes off with advanced training sim

Bendigo Flight School takes off with advanced training sim

RMIT students will soar over virtual clouds during flight training, thanks to the installation of a new, state-of-the-art simulator at the University’s Bendigo Flight School.

The simulator, the most advanced of its kind in the region, was revealed on Sunday 19 May at the inaugural Bendigo Open day with presentations from Flight Training staff and invited Qantas guests to prospective students.

The Civil Aviation Safety Authority approved simulator was selected because of its high fidelity and realism, representing the best of industry standard. It is similar to those used by pilots in the U.S. Airforce.

Two RMIT pilots in the brand new flight training simulator The simulator was chosen for its realism and is similar to those used by the U.S. Airforce.

RMIT Senior Manager of Flight and Aviation Mike Heffey said the simulator will be built into the syllabus to be used by all students.

"They will spend around 30 training sessions in the simulator as part of their accreditation," he said.

"Most importantly though, it is good for remedial training. If someone is having problems with their technique or handling they can get into the simulator to iron out the problem rather than getting into an expensive aeroplane."

The simulator is reconfigurable to suit all the aircraft types students use in their training and provides an immersive experience through six large screens.

"I don't know of any other flight school in the region has a simulator on this level of detail," Heffey said.

"We have had wonderful feedback from pilots in rural areas and qualified pilots. The graphics and inputs into the controls are very realistic.

"One of most important things is that we have standardised delivery of courses across all our sites. If a student is in Point Cook or Bendigo, the equipment is the same, the simulator is the same and the course is the same.”

An RMIT pilot talks to two protective students at the Bendigo Flight Training School. The simulator was revealed during the Bendigo's RMIT Flight Training School open day on Sunday.

The University has four of the simulators in total, two at its Point Cook site and one at the Melbourne City campus.

Industry in the region will also have access to the simulator for recency and currency training.

Bendigo’s RMIT Flight School opened in March to cater for the global pilot shortage and will welcome its first group of students from July.


Story: Jasmijn van Houten


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