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New flight simulator unveiled at Swinburne

Date posted: Monday 7 Feb 2011

New flight simulator unveiled at Swinburne

Participants at the 2011 Swinburne Aviation Industry Seminars will get a sneak peek at the university's newly installed Redbird FMX flight simulator.

The first Redbird simulator in Australia, the FMX will be used as a research tool for Swinburne staff and students.

"The flight simulator can be used to simulate various types of aircraft including the single-engine Cessna 172, and the twin-engine Beechcraft Baron, flying in real time through all sorts of weather conditions," said Aviation Head of Research Dr David Newman.

"The simulator is a dedicated research tool, and we will be using it to investigate such areas as pilot fatigue, decision-making and various human factors issues over the next few years.

"Participants at the seminar will be able to inspect the simulator on the opening day."

Swinburne's Aviation Industry seminars have become a key event in the aviation calendar offering participants the opportunity to exchange ideas with industry representatives including Boeing, Airbus, Shell and Thales.

"Now in their 14th year, our aviation industry seminars are a great example of how Swinburne works with industry to provide first-hand learning opportunities for our students," said Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) Professor Shirley Leitch.

In 2010, nearly 300 delegates heard excellent presentations from a number of international and Australian presenters.

Running from 9 to 11 February, the 2011 seminars will focus on specific themes in relation to Air Transportation and Aviation Human Factors.

Participants can attend free of charge, but must register for sessions.

For more information and to register visit:

For enquiries contact Peter Bruce,




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