The University of Southern Queensland has unveiled a new A320 simulator for its aviation students to train in.
The huge device perfectly recreates the nose and flight deck of its real-life equivalent and allows users to pilot an entire flight from take-off to landing.
The institution’s head of aviation said it features “state of the art” technology that allows trainees to experience “normal and abnormal scenarios while completing all of the necessary checks and procedures in a real flight”.
The new training system is in addition to a similar model on-site for the Boeing 737-800 at its Springfield campus.
Vice-chancellor Geraldine Mackenzie said, “No other university in the southern hemisphere, let alone Australia, provides their students with the opportunity to operate these sorts of modern simulators.”
The university offers a Bachelor of Aviation to allow students to begin their journey to becoming a pilot in the Flight Operations major or to take a ground role via the Aviation Management major.
“High performing students also have the opportunity to join the Qantas Future Pilot Program and undertake flight training at the Qantas Pilot Academy located here in Toowoomba,” added Professor Mackenzie.
Closer to home, Australian Aviation reported last week that the new Microsoft Flight Simulator will allow players to take-off and land in 613 airports in Australia.
The game, released on PC on 18 August, is believed to be the first in history to recreate the entire planet in detail, allowing users to pick any spot on the globe and then begin flying.
The news came days after it was announced the game would feature a special “hand-crafted” replica of Sydney Airport, including animated windsocks reacting to real-life weather; staff going about their work and accurate signs and taxiways.