Aviation students will experience a new simulator thanks
to the money given to the department by the student technology committee.
The student technology fee committee met Oct. 25 to
discuss 26 proposals submitted by various departments.
“The board usually meets as often as necessary to discuss
the funds provided from the student technology fee,” Lindsay Mencacci, president of the Student Government Association
and a senior biology major, said.
Mencacci said the committee,
which is made up mostly of students, decides where the technology fee money
“Since the fee has started in the school year of ’97-98,
we have spent $11,497,405 on technology around campus,” Mencacci
Mencacci also said the meeting
went well because the committee received a lot of good proposals.
“We had $1.6 million in requests in proposals and we only
had $907,776 to spend,” Mencacci said. “All the
members of the committee get a copy of the proposals to look over them before
The committee members go through each of the proposals on
the list one by one, Mencacci said. The top three
proposals, which most of the money was spent on, were information technology
services, a new professional aviation simulator and the electrical and chemical
engineering control systems laboratory enhancement.
“The information technology services’ money will renew
subscriptions to various electronic journals that can be accessed through the
library’s database,” Mencacci said. “The engineering
control systems laboratory enhancement will be utilizing practical knowledge in
the engineering field.”
The aviation proposal was a good idea and was accepted
because the new simulator would help save students money, Mencacci
Dale Sistrunk, head of the department
of professional aviation, proposed the idea of having a simulator for his
department since it is nationally known in the top 10 universities for
“The aviation industry, particularly for college and
universities, has gotten to the point where airplanes are so expensive and gas
is high, so for years we have been looking at the possibility of having more of
our training into the simulation area,” Sistrunk
The cost of simulators have
currently gone down in price, he said.
“Because of the decrease in price, the simulator will be
feasible,” Sistrunk said.
“There is a realistic simulator that can be used to
substitute 44 hours of aircraft time.”
The simulator could save the average aviation student
about $2,600, Sistrunk said. He hopes the aviation
department will have the simulator up and running by fall of 2006.
“We are not trying to get totally away from the airplane,
but the simulator has a number of the advantages over the airplane,” he said.
“The simulator will help because we are able to play back the machine of the
students to show them their mistakes.”
Chris Hall, a senior professional aviation major, is
excited about using the new simulator.
“I think it is going to be pretty cool to see how
realistic the new simulator will be,” Hall said.
“I can’t wait to test out the simulators to see if they
are more advanced.”