ASU ROTC Detachment 847 receives new flight simulator

(courtesy photo)

(courtesy photo)

SAN ANGELO, Texas -- Angelo State University just bought a new HotSeat Pilot Pro 4 Flight Simulator. With the support of Lt. Col. Scott Partin, ASU ROTC Detachment 847 Commander, and Capt. Jacob Glantz, cadets in the program will get an opportunity to train and prepare to become future pilots in the Air Force.

This high-end $16,000 investment comes with special thanks to Dr. Brian May, ASU President; Provost Dr. Donald Topliff, Student Affairs and Enrollment Management Vice-President; Dr. Javier Flores, Finance Vice-President; Angie Wright; and Dr. Clifton Jones, Dean of the College of Business, for giving students this great opportunity.

The HotSeat Pilot Pro 4 Simulator is an “In-the-Cockpit” experience designed to immerse the player in stunning graphics with all around display screens - all topographically and geographically correct, surround sound, cockpit display with navigation and communication radios, more than 50 aircraft, tutored missions and all the gadgets.

“I think it will be a great opportunity to educate cadets interested in pursuing a career in aviation and learn the basic functions of an aircraft,” said Cadet Casey Lockett, ASU ROTC Detachment 847 cadet.

Flight Simulators are a primary tool to help prepare cadets for the Test of Basic Aviation Skills. The TBAS is a computerized psychomotor, spatial ability and multi-tasking test battery. In addition to the TBAS is the Air Force Officer Qualifying Test, which contains a written section testing their basic pilot knowledge. TBAS and AFOQT factor in to the cadet’s pilot composite and flying hours, generating a Pilot Candidate Selection Method score. This score measures the candidate’s aptitude for point and Remotely Piloted Aircraft training which determines the pilot candidate selection. This flight simulator can help with the all of these requirements, enabling the learner to get hours, prepare by familiarizing of the written section of the AFOQT pilot section, and for the TBAS.

Flight simulation is a great way to train in less time and for less expense. Studies have shown that every hour you spend in the flight simulator is worth two or more hours in an actual aircraft. Currently, cadets are paying for their own flying lessons at Mathis Field with each session costing $180 per hour with an instructor. Thanks to the new HotSeat Pilot Pro 4 they can accumulate hours without having to sit in an aircraft, thus making it very cost effective. It also prepares the player for danger without putting their safety at risk. With the tutored missions, cadets will get trained for a wide array of situations and scenarios. With this preparation, staying level will become second nature.

In turn the aviator selection rate will boost for ASU’s Detachment 847’s aspiring pilots. Having such a high tech device is a tremendous opportunity, as most ROTC Detachments do not have such resources available to them. This will have high school students across West Texas pouring in and flying out. The sky is not the limit anymore at ASU.