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Open House Friday to Feature New Graphic Flight Simulator

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Oklahoma State University will demonstrate its new graphic flight simulator in the Aviation Sciences program during a special open house on March 30.

The open house from 2-3 p.m. in 104 Willard on the OSU Stillwater campus is presented by the College of Education and FlightSafety International, which donated the new MATRIX GFS (graphical flight simulator) which was delivered and set up in Willard Hall on the OSU campus in February.

Students and faculty will demonstrate the MATRIX GFS and visitors will be able to meet with aviation faculty about the graphical flight simulator and learn more about OSU’s aviation program, according to Dr. Steve Marks, OSU professor and head of the program.

The GFS system is a non-motion crew procedural training device, according to Terry Hunt, OSU Flight Center manager.

The open house is being held in conjunction with the annual Aviation Advisory Board meeting of the college, which is composed of professionals in the aerospace industry and professional pilots, according to Dr. Todd P. Hubbard, associate professor and Clarence E. Page Endowed Chair and a retired lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Air Force.

FlightSafety International, Simulation Division, delivered the MATRIX GFS to its temporary home in Willard as part of a training and research partnership between FlightSafety and the Aviation and Space Education faculty and staff in the College of Education. FlightSafety is supporting the use of the GFS free of charge for OSU collegiate flight training and research.  

FlightSafety International, the world’s largest aviation training organization, trains more than 75,000 pilots, technicians and other aviation professionals each year.

"FlightSafety International looks forward to the cooperation with the prestigious OSU Aviation program and the expected benefits for the aviation professionals it produces," said Richard Lofton, director of business development and marketing at FlightSafety and an OSU alumnus.

The company owns and operates the largest fleet of advanced full flight simulators and interactive multimedia classrooms at more than 40 training locations worldwide. FlightSafety Simulation, located in Broken Arrow, designs, engineers and manufactures all the software and hardware for FlightSafety training programs as well as airlines and military applications.

For more information, contact Terry Hunt, OSU Flight Program manager, at (405) 624-8022, or by e-mail at
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