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New Jet Flight Simulator for Aviation Program

Simulator to be installed in Wiecking Center by February.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 12-17-2014


Mankato, Minn. – Minnesota State University, Mankato College of Education Dean Jean Haar announced today that the college, through its flight training partner, North Star Aviation, will have a new flight simulator for a jet training program installed on campus in Wiecking Center.

Haar said the flight training device, an Aerosim CRJ700 Flight Training Device (FTD), is expected to be in place by Friday, Feb. 14 and available for spring semester aviation classes.

“We are grateful to North Star Aviation for helping to enhance the educational experience of our aviation students by working with us to place this simulator on campus,” said Haar.

Minnesota State Mankato President Richard Davenport said North Star Aviation’s commitment to the University’s Aviation Program was important to establishing the program as one of the best aviation programs regionally and beyond.

“North Star Aviation’s willingness to bring this new jet flight simulator to the Minnesota State Mankato campus will help the University remain a state and national leader in educating aviation students,” said Davenport. “It’s another example of the strong partnership between the University and North Star Aviation.”

Tom Peterson, an assistant professor and coordinator of Minnesota State Mankato’s Aviation Program, said that the flight training device will provide students an introduction to the fast-paced, complex training they would receive at an airline or any other advanced jet aircraft training program.

“The education they will receive in this simulator involves concepts and procedures they have studied in class, but will now have the opportunity to apply in a real-world setting,” said Peterson.

North Star Aviation is purchasing the simulator, which it will own, from Aerosim, a company headquartered in Burnsville, Minn. The device will be installed on campus by Aerosim. Mark Smith, president of North Star Aviation, said this is the next step toward qualifying Minnesota State Mankato as a national leader in pilot training.

“With the new FAA regulations forthcoming,” said Smith, “Minnesota State Mankato and North Star have prepared themselves to accommodate future mandatory flight training requirements with the acquisition of the CRJ700 flight simulator.”

The CRJ700 Flight Training Device will be enclosed and compliant to Federal Aviation Administration Level 5 standards. It will include a wrap-around visual system, mobile instructor operating station (IOS) and permanently installed HD cameras for session recording and remote viewing. Aerosim will also deliver Flight Management System Trainer (FMST) and Virtual Flight Deck (VFD) desktop simulation technology for additional ground training instruction and interactive learning.

“Aerosim is proud to have been selected as a Minnesota State University, Mankato and North Star partner,” said Kristin Schmidt, commercial director for North America. “Throughout a rigorous evaluation process, Aerosim was able to demonstrate the value of its high-fidelity simulation and both expertise and history in providing similar solutions for airline training.”

For more information, please contact Schmidt by phone at 952-746-8306 or by email at

About Aerosim
Aerosim delivers leading edge training services and technologies that provide value through customized training solutions. The company is dedicated to innovation that is supported by a strong foundation of simulation-based training products in use with commercial air carriers and training organizations worldwide.

Headquartered in Burnsville, Minn., Aerosim has three major focus areas that include: Primary Pilot Training through Certified Flight Instructor at Aerosim Flight Academy, type rating services for initial and recurrent training through Aerosim Training Solutions and simulation-based technologies provided by Aerosim Technologies, which supports pilot training curriculums. For more information, please visit

Aviation at Minnesota State Mankato
Minnesota State Mankato is currently the only four-year college or university in the state of Minnesota that offers an aviation program. The College of Education offers an aviation major and aviation management minor.

For more information, please contact Tom Peterson, assistant professor and coordinator of the Aviation Program, by phone at 507-389-5094 or by email at

More information is available about North Star Aviation online here or by contacting North Star Aviation President Mark Smith by phone (507-625-6006) or email (

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,409 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

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