DIPLOMA IN AEROSPACE ELECTRONICS (S90)
PRIMED FOR FLIGHT
At SP, building complex, large-scale aeronautical technology isn’t out of the question. Our students have built a $500,000 full-motion flight simulator which can simulate an F16 fighter jet, a Boeing 737 plane and more. They’ve also built two portable basic flight simulators for the RSAF.
Ten Diploma in Aeronautical Engineering (DARE) and three Diploma in Aerospace Electronics (DASE) fresh graduates spent eight months during their final year developing two portable basic flight simulators for the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) under the guidance of their lecturers. These simulators were a big hit with visitors when they were publicly showcased at four venues across the island during the RSAF45@Heartlands roadshows held in Toa Payoh, Sengkang, Jurong East and Yishun. Defence Minister Dr Ng Eng Hen viewed the simulator at Toa Payoh Hub and chatted with some members of the student team. The visitors, young and old, were captivated by the realism of the simulations of fighter jets taking off and landing. The simulator allowed them to experience flying a jet for themselves so that they could develop a better understanding of RSAF’s operations.
As part of the developmental process, the team had the opportunity to visit Tengah Air Base and sit in a real military aircraft to study its array of avionics systems, instrument panels and flight systems. The unique experience allowed them to enhance the overall look and feel of the simulator. The project has allowed the graduates the opportunity to learn about mechanical and aircraft structure design, advanced electrical systems, software development and multi-disciplinary teamwork, all of which they will need when pursuing careers in the aerospace industry.
DARE graduate Zachary Adam Proft shares his thoughts on the simulator’s exhibition: “It was a very tough project for us as we had to sacrifice entire spans of holidays to make this happen. However, the thought of our project being of such importance that it would eventually be showcased to the public kept all of us going. Looking back, we’re all extremely proud of what we’ve achieved.”
Team SP let the kids at Toa Payoh Hub experience being a pilot for a day.
More reading: A Straits Times news article on SP’s $500,000 full-motion flight simulator
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