Trust Sponsors Simulators on Display
Published: 05 Aug 2016
Members of the public were invited to fly two very different simulators at the Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT), both of which were funded by the RAF Charitable Trust (RAFCT) to encourage aviation education.
Using a £3,000 grant from the Trust, the 49th Bournemouth Air Scouts built and designed a basic flight simulator using screens, software, processors and a joystick with throttles.
Scout Leader Jonathan Small explained the benefits for his Air Scouts: "The simulator teaches them that when they go to fly a plane, there are lots of things they need to be aware of like using the controls, monitoring instruments and navigation. We can teach them about lift and flying but by interacting with the simulator they gain an excellent understanding."
On display in the Techno Zone, the Scouts let visitors take the controls. Nearby, the Air Cadets demonstrated their more advanced Part Task Trainer (PTT) to the public. Costing £25,000 each, the Trust awarded its largest ever grant of £625,000 enabling the purchase of 25 PTTs now used for training Cadets to fly gliders.
Project Officer for the PTT programme Flt Lt Andy Sweetmore from the Central Gliding School at RAF Syerston said: "It gives the Cadets airmindedness and an appreciation of the cockpit environment without actually getting in the aircraft so they get to understand the controls and how the aircraft works. While it's not identical to the aircraft it's a very accurate training aid."
The Techno Zone has won critical acclaim for bringing STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) subjects to life through a range of interactive and engaging activities. Both simulators proved popular all weekend with visitors of all ages.
Trust Director, Amanda Butcher said "These two very different projects show the wide range of support the RAF Charitable Trust offers to young people. At one end of the scale a small grant has made a huge difference to one Scout unit while the 25 Part Task Trainers are offering a real learning opportunity to hundreds of Air Cadets around the country".