West Virginia University’s Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering in the College of Engineering and Mineral Resources will demonstrate its new full-motion flight simulator at 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 23, in the Aerodynamics Lab, adjacent to the Engineering Sciences Building .


The simulator includes a raised two-seat cockpit with six degrees of motion to simulate a realistic flight experience. Six monitors provide outstanding visual displays that can be selected by the operator from a worldwide airport and topographic database. The simulator can be reconfigured to represent a wide range of aircraft, and programmed for a wide range of flight conditions. The simulator records all relevant data from each flight, which students and researchers can then analyze.


�€?This simulator will aid us in our teaching in aerospace engineering and in our research in the areas of flight control systems development,�€? said Marcello Napolitano, a professor in the department of mechanical and aerospace engineering. �€?Our main purpose is not flight training, but rather the gathering of flight data and the analysis of how different types of aircraft perform under a wide range of conditions.�€?


The simulator also will assist WVU in recruiting students and in attracting research funding in the area of flight control systems for manned aircraft from agencies such as the Navy, Air Force and NASA , Napolitano added.


The simulator was purchased from Fidelity Flight Simulation, Inc., with funds from the WVU Research Corporation, the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, and the NASA West Virginia Space Grant Consortium.