OC receives flight simulator

Donations place future aviators behind the controls of a cutting-edge flight simulator at Okanagan College.

Support from two local companies will soon place future aviators behind the controls of a cutting-edge flight simulator at Okanagan College.

Carson Air has pledged $125,000 to support the purchase and installation of a Redbird FMX flight simulator at the college’s Kelowna campus.

“Carson Air is proud to be a long-time partner of Okanagan College in the training of commercial pilots,” said Kevin Carson, Carson Air president.

“We hope this gift challenges and inspires many students, as they hone their skills and work towards careers as professional aviators.”

Adding to Carson Air’s support, the purchase of the new simulator was also made possible by a donation of $25,000 from ROV Consulting, a structural engineering firm.

“It has been wonderful to watch the diversification in programming at Okanagan College over the years,” said Richard Visscher, ROV president.

“It is something we are very proud to support.”

In 25 years, the college’s  commercial aviation diploma program has graduated more than 312 commercial pilots.

In addition to the financial contribution, Visscher also plans to work with the college to share his flight knowledge and experience by mentoring students in the simulator.

“Having quality training available to our students locally, from my own field of engineering to business to commercial aviation and so many others, means so much for our regional economy. I’m personally very excited to see students put their skills to the test in the simulator,” he said.

The simulator is expected to be installed and in use by students by next September.