Preston Middle School offers an enrichment class entitled Flight Simulator. This engaging class is designed to introduce middle school students to the basics of piloting a single engine aircraft, notably a Cessna 172SP. Students receive about 40 minutes of instruction each school day using ‘off-the-shelf ‘ software and hardware.
Watch this website for information on our first class of the 2011-2012 school year. This quarter we have and all-girls class of 20 young women!
One of our first exercises was to list what we Know about flying and what we Want to know and what we Learned. We call these KWLs. The graphic below is the KWL chart for our first days of class. Note that one question is why women were not allowed to fly in the past. We were able to view a video of an interview with Patty Wagstaff, a US National Aerobatic champion and one of the few to win it 3 times! See this interview with Patty here.
We are fortunate to live in a very generous community and we are building a sophisticated stationary simulator complete with flight and navigation instruments as well as an interactive radio and switch panels. The heart of our simulator is a donated high-end HP graphics workstation. The components are from Saitek. Watch our site as we design and assemble our PC-based Training Device.