November 6, 2009
By Ian J. Twombly
“It was good.” Those were the succinct thoughts of a very excited Nicholas Plumer as he stepped out of the Frasca Cirrus SR22 simulator at the Learn to Fly Center in the Tampa Convention Center at AOPA Aviation Summit in Florida.
It was the first time Plumer experienced a simulator, though you wouldn’t have been able to tell when he rolled the airplane beautifully and landed directly down the runway centerline. It was a remarkable performance for Plumer, given the 15 or so critical pilots watching over his shoulder.
Plumer is one of hundreds this week who’ve had the chance to experience things in aviation you’d never do in an airplane, all thanks to Frasca and their customers, who’ve brought three simulators to Summit this year to inspire nonpilots to learn to fly.
The SR22 at the Learn to Fly Center compliments the Frasca Mentor flight training device set up at the Learn to Fly area at Airportfest. The third is in Women’s Wing, an area sponsored by Women in Aviation, International. “I hope the one there is a jet fighter,” said Plumer.
AOPA Pilot and Flight Training Editor Ian J. Twombly joined AOPA in 2003 and is an instrument flight instructor.
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