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October 30, 2017 Training No Comments Email Email

Aviation students at the University of Southern Queensland (USQ) are flying high following the official launch of the University’s new state-of-the-art flight simulator at USQ Springfield today (October 27).

Key industry groups and individuals joined USQ staff and students to celebrate the opening of the simulator, which included a plaque unveiling by USQ Chancellor John Dornbusch, Vice-Chancellor Professor Geraldine Mackenzie and QantasLink Chief Operating Officer Jenny Chamberlain.

With more than half-a-million new commercial airline pilots needed across the globe over the next 20 years according to Boeing, the flight simulator meets an identified need in pilot training and enhances the quality of aviation education and training within the USQ Bachelor of Aviation program.

Professor Mackenzie said the world-class simulator, with an all up cost of around $1 million, is based on the Boeing 737-800 airliner, and is the only one of its type at a Queensland university.

“This simulator is the ultimate training device for aspiring pilots and is indicative of USQ’s ongoing commitment to invest in and deliver the highest standard of teaching and learning facilities,” Professor Mackenzie said.

“Featuring the most up-to-date equipment and technology in the world, the simulator provides our Aviation students with the most realistic multi-crew simulated training in an aircraft cockpit, putting us at the cutting edge of aviation.

“Our students also operate the simulator in the first year of their degree which is not available anywhere else in the country.

“This ensures those who undertake the Flight Operations major are well prepared and equipped with the specialised knowledge and technical skills that are essential when they look to gain their commercial pilot licence during the second year of their degree.”

Capable of replicating an entire flight, the simulator enables training for take-off and landing, day and night flying in normal, abnormal and emergency situations, as well as various weather conditions.

To learn more about USQ’s Bachelor of Aviation program, visit

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