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WMU first to get cutting-edge aviation training devices

Nov. 16, 2006

KALAMAZOO--Western Michigan University's College of Aviation will be the launch site for Aeorsim Technologies' new line of advanced flight training devices.

WMU will receive two Aerosim AATDs--Advanced Aviation Training Devices, which are also known by the name "Aviator." In addition, Aerosim's Cirrus Avionics Systems Trainer is already in use in several WMU classrooms.

"We were looking for an innovative training device, and the Aerosim AATD, combined with the Avionics Systems Trainer, really fit our requirements," said Capt. Steve Jones, WMU's director of safety and simulations. "The Aerosim team has been very responsive to our needs, and we are extremely pleased to have chosen them as a key vendor for training products."

The Aerosim Advanced ATD replicates the Cirrus SR22 aircraft by using computers along with specialized hardware and software. Students use the device to develop the psycho-motor skills associated with manipulating the controls in the cockpit. The cockpit's specific design, combined with an innovative desktop training compliment, is what sets the Aerosim trainers apart, Jones says.

Aerosim executives say they have been glad to work with WMU.

"We are pleased to have Western Michigan University's prestigious aviation training program as our launch customer," says Eduardo Carrasco, Aerosim business development manager.

"Industry reception to this line of trainers has been strong. We will have trainers available for demo flights very soon."

Aerosim Technologies, based in Burnsville, Minn., designs, manufactures and markets PC-based flight simulation software used around the world by aircraft manufacturers, commercial airlines, flight training centers and universities for training of flight management procedures, flight operations and maintenance. The company provides training solutions to the air transport, business aviation and general aviation industries as well as the military. More information is available on-line at www.aerosim.com or by contacting Aerosim at (952) 894-4694.

Western Michigan University's comprehensive aviation program, with about 700 undergraduate students, is one of the top three aviation programs in the nation. Backed by more than 60 years of history and a strong industry reputation, the WMU College of Aviation is fast becoming a powerful force in the future of aviation training. With a vision to establish and maintain state-of-the-art, world-class professional aviation programs that are among the best in the world, WMU is pioneering revolutionary new methods of instruction designed to improve a pilot's ability to fly and to work efficiently with a crew.

Media contact: Mark Schwerin, (269) 387-8400, mark.schwerin@wmich.edu

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