- Associated Press - Friday, May 1, 2015

KEARNEY, Neb. (AP) - A new flight simulator purchased by the University of Nebraska at Kearney will give students a chance to train in the fundamentals of aviation in a safer and more affordable manner.

The Kearney Hub (https://bit.ly/1KxVGOv ) reports that the $130,000 simulator will allow the aviation program’s 60 students to attempt more maneuvers in a shorter amount of time than in a real aircraft. Flight instructor Holly Michael says students will be able to attempt 8-10 maneuvers per hour in a simulator, rather than 4-5 in a real plane.

Students also will be able to practice emergence maneuvers otherwise dangerous to attempt in the real world, Michael says.

“The emergency procedures are the hardest things to train for because we have to put ourselves in bad situations to learn how to get out of them,” Michael said.

Training in the new flight simulator is expected to cost $60 an hour. By contrast, Michael says training in a real aircraft costs more than $145 an hour.

Because of a severe pilot shortage, Gibbs said job placement is about 100 percent. He added that students graduate with about 250 flight hours. Because there is a hiring threshold of 1,500 hours for airlines, students often begin their careers as flight instructors.

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Information from: Kearney Hub, https://www.kearneyhub.com/


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