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December 18, 2013

MSU to get jet simulator

MANKATO — Minnesota State University, through its flight training partner North Star Aviation, will have a new flight simulator for a jet training program installed on campus in Wiecking Center.

The simulator, an Aerosim CRJ700 Flight Training Device, is expected to be in place by Feb. 14 and available for spring semester aviation classes.

North Star Aviation is purchasing the simulator, which it will own, from Aerosim, a company headquartered in Burnsville. Mark Smith, president of North Star Aviation, said this is the next step toward qualifying MSU as a national leader in pilot training.

“With the new FAA regulations forthcoming,” Smith said in an MSU statement, “Minnesota State Mankato and North Star have prepared themselves to accommodate future mandatory flight training requirements with the acquisition of the CRJ 700 flight simulator.”

North Star Aviation’s commitment to the university’s aviation program was important to establishing the program as one of best aviation programs regionally and beyond, MSU President Richard Davenport said in the statement.

Tom Peterson, an assistant professor and coordinator of the MSU aviation program, said the flight training device will provide students an introduction to the fast-paced, complex training they would receive at an airline or any other advanced jet aircraft training program.

The CRJ700 Flight Training Device will be enclosed and compliant to Federal Aviation Administration Level 5 standards. It will include a wrap-around visual system, mobile instructor operating station and permanently installed HD cameras for session recording and remote viewing. Aerosim also will deliver Flight Management System Trainer and Virtual Flight Deck desktop simulation technology for additional ground training instruction and interactive learning.

MSU is the only four-year college or university in the state of Minnesota that offers an aviation program. The College of Education offers an aviation major and aviation management minor.

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