PLATTSBURGH, NY – 5/24/11 – In a month when pilots of two commercial airplanes were forced to make emergency landings, one in Singapore and the other in Washington D.C., aviation safety is, once again, on people’s minds.
Pilots handled both airplanes safely after engine fire warnings forced them to the ground, and no one was injured. The pilots' calm reactions may be thanks, in part, to the extensive emergency training they received while operating flight simulators.
This week on Mountain Lake PBS, the public affairs show Mountain Lake Journal Extra will devote its "Spotlight" segment to flight simulators in Montreal. The Montreal-based company CAE is the world leader in flight simulator manufacturing and training.
"Spotlight" producer Paul Larson's story features the Boeing 787 simulator, a machine designed to prepare pilots to fly the new twin-engine jet airliner. With its precise replication of an airplane cockpit, and realistic view from the widows provided by high tech projection technology, the simulator in the story will impress the public, according to Larson.
"I'm attracted to visually compelling stories,” Larson said, "This is both visually stunning for our viewers and informative about how pilots train for emergencies without actually experiencing a crisis in the air.
"Going into a simulator with video equipment is a rare opportunity," he added, "and viewers will get a close up look at the Boeing 787 simulator long before the public will fly on these planes."
CAE personnel featured in the story are Domenic Di Iorio, test pilot, Jonathan Doré, test engineer, and Aldolfo Klassen, Chief Technology Officer.
This episode of Mountain Lake Journal Extra airs on Mountain Lake PBS Thursday, May 26 at 8:30pm, repeating on Saturday, May 28 at 7:30pm, and on Sunday, May 29 at 10:30am.
For more information contact Paul Larson at 518-563-9770 ext 143 or firstname.lastname@example.org.