Purdue aviation adds full flight simulator to suite of training devices

The Hawker 900XP full flight simulator will be added to extensive suite of training devices for students in Purdue Polytechnic Institute’s School of Aviation and Transportation Technology. (Purdue University photo/Polytechnic Institute) A publication-quality photo is available at https://news.uns.purdue.edu/images/2019/hawker-simulator.jpg

WEST LAFAYETTE, IND. – Purdue Polytechnic Institute students will soon reach a new level of aviation training without leaving the ground.

The School of Aviation and Transportation Technology announced the addition of a Hawker 900XP full-motion, Level D simulator to its collection of flight training devices. Purdue 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, Cirrus SR20 aircraft training devices and a number of part-task trainers.

“We are the only university in the nation to offer jet type training integrated into our bachelor of science degree program,” said Manoj Patankar, the Raisbeck Engineering Professor of Aviation Technology and head of the School of Aviation and Transportation Technology. “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, a world leader in aviation training and simulation.

“Purdue’s degree combines the depth of university study with the practical skills to be employment ready,” said Mike Suckow, associate professor of practice in the aviation school. “Thus, we are continuously working with industry to understand the gaps as technology advances.”

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

The Hawker flight simulator will arrive later this spring and be ready for use by students in Purdue Polytechnic’s professional flight program this fall.

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About Purdue Polytechnic Institute

Purdue Polytechnic Institute is one of 10 academic colleges at Purdue University, offering undergraduate and graduate degrees in a range of disciplines: aviation, computing, construction management, engineering technology, technology leadership and technology education. In addition to Purdue University’s main campus in West Lafayette, Indiana, Purdue Polytechnic offers select degree programs in nine Indiana communities.

About Purdue Polytechnic’s School of Aviation and Transportation Technology

Purdue University’s School of Aviation and Transportation Technology, one of six departments and schools in the Purdue Polytechnic Institute, administers seven world-class undergraduate majors and a graduate program, including an aviation-focused Ph.D. program in Technology. It is one of the most recognized programs for the quality of its graduates. Faculty members work closely with undergraduate and graduate students and all segments of the aviation industry to conduct research related to grand challenges in sustainability, safety and quality.



Media contact: Brian Huchel, 765-494-2084, bhuchel@purdue.edu

Writer: Melissa Templeton, 765-496-0094, templetm@purdue.edu

Source: Manoj Patankar, 765-496-2837, mspatankar@purdue.edu

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