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The use of simulations goes back to World War I, though they were elementary at best. A man named Edwin Link used parts from church organs to fashion the first flight simulator. As simple as this flight simulator was, it was sold to the military and was in use up until the 1950s.
Flight simulation training has advanced to the point that it would be unthinkable to consider aviation education in any genre without it, from the military to commercial flight. Many significant advantages have resulted from the developments in simulated aviation training.
Learning to control an aircraft is serious business and the use of simulation technology radicalized the way it’s done. A simulator is a much more ideal environment for learning, than that of an actual cockpit. Loss of life and machinery does not occur within simulation training.
Other than the obvious element of safety, here are a few of the practical positives:
Aviation training is advancing quickly and the future training will hold improved simulation programs to further prepare men and women to pilot aircraft. This far-reaching advancement is also impacting the design and creation of aircraft. But, the implications go beyond aviation. Many industries and varying businesses are employing simulations to enhance the training experiences for their employees.
As the cost of technology continues to fall, the opportunities for digital education to spread into other workplaces across the country are numerous.