The new devices will replace three older simulators. The Spokane, Washington-based missionary aviation specialists purchased their first simulator from pilot, researcher, and flight simulation engineer Rudy Frasca in 1960 shortly after he established the company.
An Alpha Systems Eagle/Valkyrie angle of attack system will be an invaluable piece of equipment as they concentrate on backcountry techniques and perfect the skills they need to fly into and out of unimproved landing strips—which often is the case during missionary relief operations.
The training curriculum includes 10 to 20 hours of instruction in a reconfigurable simulator prior to moving to the corresponding aircraft and allows for a cost-effective regimen that helps students make the most effective use of training time in an aircraft, an Oct. 3 news release noted.
The faith-based training institute offers a Bachelor of Science degree in missionary aviation technology and builds on 65 years of specialized instruction. Moody Aviation has assisted in dispatching pilots and mechanics to more than 50 countries.
John Frasca, the company’s current president and Rudy’s son, said it was “very humbling” to be an integral part of the school’s training, and he complimented graduates for doing “amazing work helping others.”
The Illinois-based global flight training device manufacturer is celebrating its sixtieth anniversary.