ALSIM, flight simulator manufacturer, today announced the sale of the AL250 simulator to The University of Nottingham. The compact SEP/MEP reconfigurable simulator addresses PPL, CPL and IR/ME training needs. In addition to the simulator, the University also selected ALSIM’s Engineering Pack for research projects.
Dr Harald Pfifer, Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Engineering at The University of Nottingham, explained why the AL250 simulator was chosen. He said, “We picked Alsim because it not only offered a great flight simulator, but also an engineering kit that allows our students to ‘look under the hood.’ Alsim’s unique Engineering Pack enables us to use the simulator to demonstrate the principles of flight, and further develop our work in research projects and advanced labs. The simulator will be used to teach flight mechanics and flight controls. By using the Engineering Pack, we can change the aerodynamic derivatives of an aircraft’s configuration and demonstrate in a hands-on way, how this affects the dynamics. In addition, the students can design their own autopilot and implement it through the Engineering Pack on the simulator. In advanced integrated group projects, students can develop their own aircraft, generate an aerodynamic model for it and fly test it on the simulator.”
The Institute for Aerospace Technology at the University of Nottingham
The Institute for Aerospace Technology (IAT) at the University of Nottingham is a major centre for aerospace research. The IAT is home to a team of 400 researchers who deliver world-class multidisciplinary research which drives the development of leading, cutting-edge technology that aims to improve all aspects of air transport.
The team works with global aviation leaders including Rolls-Royce, GE Aviation, Airbus, Boeing, BAE Systems, Bombardier and GKN, as well as small- and medium-sized enterprises.
The IAT was established in 2009 with a strategic investment of £10m from the European Regional Development Fund, the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, UK, and The University of Nottingham.
To date, the University of Nottingham has built up a substantial research portfolio that addresses global challenges in aviation through 70 projects which are valued at over £75m. These research projects cover five strategic areas including:
- Aero engines and propulsion
- Aerospace manufacturing
- Aerospace materials and structures
- Aerospace operations
- More electric aircraft
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Notes to editors: The University of Nottingham has 43,000 students and is ‘the nearest Britain has to a truly global university, with a “distinct” approach to internationalisation, which rests on those full-scale campuses in China and Malaysia, as well as a large presence in its home city.’ (Times Good University Guide 2016). It is also one of the most popular universities in the UK among graduate employers and was named University of the Year for Graduate Employment in the 2017 The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide. It is ranked in the world’s top 75 by the QS World University Rankings 2015/16, and 8th in the UK for research power according to the Research Excellence Framework 2014. It has been voted the world’s greenest campus for four years running, according to Greenmetrics Ranking of World Universities.