Southern Maryland Partnership Offers Hands-On Learning Experiences | thebaynet.com | TheBayNet.com
CALIFORNIA, Md. – Through a unique partnership between the Florida Institute of Technology and TechPort, students gain hands-on experience flying real airplanes. Dr. Bob Schaller, director of the Florida Institute of Technology Southern Maryland Center, came to Tommy Luginbill, director of TechPort, with an interesting idea: “How about we teach a real hands-on course with an airplane?” The two men agreed that it would be a great idea to host and lead the FTE 5702 Flight Test Engineering Course on Aircraft Stability and Control at TechPort facilities, so they can use the hangar. for airplanes.
With this course, students would be able to “examine techniques for assessing aircraft stability and controlling flight tests.” 1 Dr Brian Kish, Flight Test Engineering Program Director, and Mr David Callender, Certified Pilot and Flight Instructor (CFI), taught this course to a group of 7 NAVAIR Flight Test Engineers during from the week of June 8, 2020. With this combination of classroom work and experiential learning, these students will gain a great deal of experience and collaboration to develop their existing skills.
This is a unique arrangement that has never been done before at TechPort. Luginbill was delighted to see this relationship between TechPort and Florida Tech provide great opportunities for students. “The collaboration with Florida Tech and their stability flight engineering lab is the perfect use of TechPort’s aircraft hangar and a great example of multi-agency collaboration,” said Luginbill.
Additionally, Dr. Schaller was delighted with this local collaboration underway in the Southern Maryland community. “The partnership between Florida Tech Southern Maryland and TechPort UMD has provided an essential course for NAVAIR flight test engineers, which would not have been possible with the current restrictions on access to the facilities,” he said. -It starts. “The unique arrangement of managing the flight test laboratories from a hangar made the experience even more meaningful.” This partnership is a perfect example of how shared resources benefit many parties.
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