Australian simulator unveiled at University of Southern Queensland

University is only one in the country to house both an Airbus and Boeing simulators and offer simulated flying experience in the first year of study.

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Aviation student Eliza Terry (left) and Vice-Chancellor Professor Geraldine Mackenzie. (PHOTO: Supplied)

A new state-of-the-art flight simulation system was unveiled Monday (27 July) at the University of Southern Queensland. The Airbus A320 type flight simulator, the first of its kind in the world, has landed at the University’s Aviation Education Precinct at the Toowoomba campus. Vice Chancellor Professor Geraldine Mackenzie said the new system, along with the Boeing 737-800 simulator at Springfield, provided an unrivalled education experience for Aviation students.

From left, Head of Aviation Professor Paul Bates, Aviation student Emily Cook and Vice-Chancellor Professor Geraldine Mackenzie.

“We have committed over a million dollars to develop Aviation and this new simulator shows the level of commitment this University has to offering Aviation students unprecedented opportunities to become airline pilots and managers of the future,” Mackenzie said. “No other university in the Southern Hemisphere, let alone Australia, provides their students with the opportunity to operate these sorts of modern simulators.”

The University of Southern Queensland is also the only university in the country to house both an Airbus and Boeing simulator and offer simulated flying experience in the first-year of study. “It simulates the Airbus in every facet and is an ideal learning tool to teach the next generation of pilots to fly a jet and be airline ready,” Mackenzie said. “High performing students also have the opportunity to join the Qantas Future Pilot Programme and undertake flight training at The Qantas Pilot Academy located here in Toowoomba.


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