Pro­gram clear for take-off

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SOUTH­ERN sub­urbs school stu­dents can learn to be a pilot us­ing a state-of-theart, in­dus­try-stan­dard flight sim­u­la­tor housed at the Aus­tralian Science and Math­e­mat­ics School (ASMS).

The sim­u­la­tor was bought through fund­ing by the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment’s Trade Train­ing Cen­tres in Schools pro­gram, which aims to in­crease the num­ber of stu­dents who achieve Year 12 or an equiv­a­lent qual­i­fi­ca­tion.

It can help stu­dents de­velop take-off, land­ing and 3D flight-ma­noeu­vre skills.

Fed­eral School Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Peter Gar­rett says it will give young peo­ple in the south­ern sub­urbs who are in­ter­ested in avi­a­tion a start on the spe­cial­ist ca­reer path while still at school.

‘‘This is re­ally an im­pres­sive train­ing cen­tre which will of­fer stu­dents at four Ade­laide high schools the chance to train for a pri­vate pilot’s li­cence and un­der­take com­pre­hen­sive stud­ies in aero­dy­nam­ics and nav­i­ga­tion sys­tems,’’ he says.

The sim­u­la­tor will be a tool for the spe­cialised SACE Stage 2 Avi­a­tion course de­vel­oped by the ASMS. School stu­dents at Black­wood, Seaview and Pasadena high schools as well as the ASMS can use it as part of a Sci­en­tific Stud­ies pro­gram.

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