Cadets in Angelo State University’s Air Force ROTC Detachment 847 interested in becoming pilots are able to take advantage of the detachment’s state-of-the-art HotSeat Pilot Pro 4 flight simulator thanks to the generosity of the President’s Circle.
The $16,000 simulator provides an “in-the-cockpit” experience designed to immerse students in topographically and geographically correct display graphics, surround sound, cockpit displays with navigation instruments and communications radios, tutored missions, more than 150 aircraft simulations and various other gadgets.
For ASU cadets, the simulator will help them prepare for the Air Force Officer Qualifying Test (AFOQT) and acquire a certain number of flight hours. Previously, cadets had to pay for their own flying lessons at San Angelo’s Mathis Field at a cost of $180 per hour. By utilizing the new simulator, cadets will be able to accumulate flight training hours at no cost and without the safety risks of actual flying. The simulator’s tutored missions will also train cadets in a wide variety of situations and scenarios, some of which are not normally components of regular flying lessons.