Cirrus Simulator Donated to Delta State’s WAI Chapter

By Ashlynn Jennings, Delta State University
WAI-Magnolia Chapter Social Media Chair

The simulator’s five screens provide situational awareness for a pilot.

Over the summer, Magnolia Chapter, a chapter of Women in Aviation International at Delta State University, was gifted a Cirrus simulator by Dr. Paul Warrington. The simulator uses a Touch Training station operating X-Plane 10 software technology. It is meant to simulate the experience of operating a Cirrus aircraft. Before takeoff, the pilot must undergo a specific procedure for start, taxi and run-up. The simulator is designed with five screens. Three control monitors for the aircraft environment and two instrument display monitors (touch-screen) provide the pilot situational awareness. The device is complete with rudders, throttle quadrant and an analog stick. After completing a checklist scenario, the pilot may leave the runway and fly as long as he or she desires.

The simulator is valued at $10,000. It is now available for use for any student in the commercial aviation building on Delta State’s campus.

Magnolia Chapter Outreach Chair Christanne Carter tested the simulator.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed getting the opportunity to do my simulated flight training,” she says. “It amazes me how realistic this technology is in relation to actual flight. This will be a useful tool for me to study my flight controls.”

Professors at the university plan to use the simulator for recruitment, for training and for fun.