Monday, June 22, 2015

Griffith Aviation flying high with new simulator

Griffith Aviation’s new flight simulator has been officially launched and the first “student” to hop into the pilot’s seat and take the controls was none other than university Vice Chancellor Professor Ian O’Connor.

The CAZ-80 simulator, created by Queensland company GeoSim Technologies, replicates the flight deck of a twin-engine Baron B58 aircraft. It is based at Griffith University’s Nathan campus.

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Vice Chancellor Professor Ian O’Connor in the pilot’s seat of the new CAZ-80 flight simulator, alongside GeoSim Technologies’ technician-designer Mr Chris du Plessis (Photo credit: Griffith University)

With six degrees of freedom motion providing a realistic experience of flight factors such as pitching, rolling, yawing, heaving and swaying, the simulator recreates sounds, motion, visual scenes and instrument presentations.

The flight environment also enables training for landing, take-off, night flight and cockpit familiarisation in normal, adverse and emergency situations.

Certified by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority, hours spent in the simulator will count towards Aviation students receiving their pilot’s licence.

The new Head of Griffith University, Professor Tim Ryley, said the CAZ-80 would be an asset to students as they progressed through their degrees.

“We have around 400 students involved in the programs within Griffith Aviation and resources such as the new flight simulator will ensure their learning experience is enhanced via invaluable access to state-of-the-art technology,” he said.

Having safely “landed” the B58, Professor O’Connor emerged from the simulator to say the Aviation group typified Griffith University’s committed to innovation and finding positive outcomes.

“Aviation students are deeply passionate and we are determined to continue providing the facilities and resources to harness that passion,” he said.

The CAZ-80 also reflects Griffith’s ongoing engagement with industry.

The managing director of GeoSim Technologies, Mr Charles du Plessis, said his company was dedicated to helping young people achieve their dream of a career in aviation.

“In that context, from pilots to ground crew, cabin crew and other areas of the industry, it is such a positive to work with like-minded organisations such as Griffith University,” he said.

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Griffith has Australia’s most highly recognised aviation program. Over the past 20 years, the university has built an international reputation for graduates who are industry ready through their innovative approach to aviation education. Recent Aviation graduate students have been employed in the Australian and Singapore defence forces, as well as in aviation organisations such as Qantas, United Airlines, Air Canada, Singapore Airlines, Royal Brunei, Thai Airways, Cathay Pacific, and Emirates.

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