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Hoover Academy adds sim training to maximize learningHoover Academy adds sim training to maximize learning

The Bob Hoover Academy partnered with Redbird Flight Simulations to introduce a full-motion Redbird FMX simulator that will maximize learning for students enrolled in the aviation-based youth empowerment program.

“As with any program, time in our aircraft and with our instructor is limited by a number of factors,” said academy co-founder and aerobatic standout Sean D. Tucker, in a Jan. 8 news release. “Simulation helps our students make the most of that time.”

The Salinas, California-based academy named after aviation great and airshow performer Robert “Bob” Hoover sees multiple options for integrating the simulator into its training. According to the news release, the academy will use the simulator to introduce students to visual and instrument flight, to debrief flights, and to re-create flight paths in order to reconcile a student’s mistakes.

Bob Hoover Academy student Diego Merida and Deputy Superintendent of the Monterey County Office of Education Dr. Deneen Guss try out a new Redbird FMX full-motion simulator during a ribbon-cutting ceremony in California announcing a partnership between the aviation academy and Redbird Flight Simulations. Photo by Joey Colleran.

The program’s mission statement explains that the high school academy uses the “power of flight to change lives” by incorporating science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics concepts to bolster confidence and to introduce aviation careers to youth who are challenged daily by violence and crime.

Tucker noted that many of the area’s parents work long hours in the agricultural industry and their children often fall into the wrong crowd when they are unsupervised. The area was ranked “number one and number two” in the United States for youth homicides, Salinas Mayor Joe Gunter said in a promotional video.

Sean D. Tucker, co-founder of the Bob Hoover Academy, celebrates the arrival of the Redbird FMX with officials and students from the academy Jan. 10. Photo by Joey Colleran.

Tucker vowed to turn the trend around by exposing the youth to aviation as "a metaphor for the deeper mission, to capture students’ minds, focus their energies and to cultivate success in the classroom and in life.”

In the partnership announcement, Redbird CEO Charlie Gregoire complimented the academy’s mission: “Sean and his team have created an incredible program worth replicating throughout the country.”

David Tulis

David Tulis

Associate Editor Web/ePilot
AOPA Associate Editor Web/ePilot David Tulis joined AOPA in 2015 and is a seaplane-rated private pilot who enjoys vintage aircraft, aerobatic flying, and photography.
Topics: Aviation Education Programs, Flight School

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