MSU Denver Learning Takes Flight

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Metropolitan State University of Denver learning takes flight in the aviation and aerospace science department. Students learn how to pilot in a plane simulation accompanied by flight hour training and switchology.

The student’s goal in their classes is to be able to fly a plane whenever is necessary. To get there they go through simulations of flight. One of the simulations is how to fly a plane that has two engines through emergencies through good and bad weather. This is a two person project at least because one has to “fly” the plane and the other has to change the weather and terrain. This simulation is called Twine Row and teaches students how to fly through any kind of weather.

In the aviation and aerospace science department at MSU, students learn how to work with one engine. They also have to learn to work with another person as their co-pilot, the copilot will also be pressing buttons just like the pilot. The pilot also has to listen to air traffic control to know if their flight is on schedule. All the students who want to be able to fly a plane have to learn all of the skills of flying.

Aviation and aerospace science department at MSU also teaches it’s students switchology. Switchology is the teaching of all of the different buttons and switches in the cockpit of the plane. All of the students who want to be able to fly a plane must learn switchology. A tool that the students use to learn switchology is called the Paper Tiger. The Paper Tiger is made up of cases that have a paper version of all of the buttons and the switches to help students memorize what all of the buttons and switches do. “At first it is hard with the new information. Yet the more you do the easier it becomes.”, said Alex Toussaint who is lab coordinator at the world indoor airport at MSU.

MSU offers many learning experiences for the students now, and the students to come.