UD Aviation Fully Implements Higher Level Training Device for Jet Aircraft

Nov 5, 2012

Flight students going through the University of Dubuque Aviation Program are now experiencing full implementation of advanced jet transition training using the new, state-of-the-art, Aerosim Crew Resource Management (CRM) Flight Training Device (FTD).  Aircraft and flight requirements have become more advanced, boosting the need for jet transition courses and technology to better prepare students in dynamic training environments with real-time scenarios in simulated and automated aircraft systems. To help bridge this jet training requirement, through a generous grand from the Department of Education, the University of Dubuque acquired the Aerosim CRJ200 Level 5 compliant Flight Training Device. 

 CRM training includes:

  • Aircraft systems Computer Based Training, flight training scenarios, and systems and written tests. 

FTD training includes: 

  • High fidelity simulation and multi-channel 220 degree wrap around visuals; digital loading and navigational database with 100+ malfunctions; aircraft specific flight deck that presents an accurate form, fit, and feel of a jet cockpit including dual seat, dual control column, and two sets of rudder pedals with toe brakes

Flight  Benefits include showing students many critical operations and procedures such as: traffic collision avoidance systems with resolution advisories, enhanced ground proximity warning systems, wind shear alerts, on-board radar, thunderstorm avoidance, deicing systems, engine failures at rotation, single engine procedures, fire protection panel, turbine engine starts, systems failures, autopilot operation.


 “The CRJ 200 simulator has been an instrumental tool for transitioning our students into the types of aircraft they will encounter in the airline industry,” commented William Rigdon, instructor of aviation, assistant flight instructor, and CRJ project manager.  “Our goal for this project is to make our students’ training event a mirror image of what will they will encounter as they enter as a new hire into various airlines’ ground schools.”


 “The responses from the students who have completed both the advanced aircraft systems and crew resource management courses have been overwhelmingly positive,” stated Rigdon.  “One of the aspects they enjoy the most is that it is all being taught by current or prior airline pilots who can interject what training is like in the industry.”


 “The design, manufacture and installation of this CRJ FTD is a clear demonstration of Aerosim’s commitment and ability to provide these innovative, feature-rich training tools and technologies to the university market” commented Phil Brown, Aerosim’s vice president of operations.   “We are thrilled to be able to bring to the University of Dubuque the same high fidelity family of tools that has met the training needs of numerous airlines worldwide.”