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Purdue pioneers on-the-ground university flight training
Purdue University's School of Aviation and Transportation Technology is adding a Hawker 900XP full-motion Level D simulator to its arsenal. The college also owns Phenom 100 and CRJ-700 devices.
The Hawker simulator is designed and manufactured by FlightSafety International.

Purdue Polytechnic Institute's School of Aviation and Transportation Technology at Purdue University, Indiana, is adding a Hawker 900XP full-motion Level D simulator to its collection of flight training devices. Purdue says it is the only university to offer Hawker simulator training.

The Hawker simulator will be housed in the Holleman-Niswonger Simulator Center at Purdue University airport along with the aviation school's Phenom 100 jet, CRJ-700 airliner and Cirrus SR20 aircraft training devices and part-task trainers.

“We are the only university in the nation to offer jet type training integrated into our bachelor of science degree programme,” says head of the School of Aviation and Transportation Technology Manoj Patankar. “Adding the Hawker simulator is a giant leap in collegiate flight education that gives our students a significant competitive advantage upon graduation.”

The Hawker simulator is designed and manufactured by FlightSafety International. “Purdue's degree combines the depth of university study with the practical skills to be employment ready,” says associate professor of practice in the aviation school Mike Suckow. “Thus, we are continuously working with industry to understand the gaps as technology advances.”

Patankar concludes: “We plan on acquiring a full spectrum of flight training devices that allow us to expand our capacity to support the increasing enrolment, conduct leading research projects and keep our students competitive in the job market.”

The Hawker flight simulator will arrive later this spring and be ready for use by students in Purdue Polytechnic's professional flight programme by the autumn.

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