Students ‘Take To The Skies’ For Charity

STUDENTS from the University of Liverpool set off on a 24-hour ‘flight’ around the UK today in the university’s 41 Jetstream simulator. Members of the Flight Simulation Group aim to make 32 ‘flights’ in 24 hours and the whole event is in aid of the North West Air Ambulance, who operate 3 helicopters 365 days a year providing life- saving emergency medical care and transport. For most legs there will be a different pilot flying from the simulation group. Many of these members have little experience flying or using the simulator and this event serves as a great learning experience in the basics of flying, navigation and planning. There are 5 different members designated as pilots not flying, who are there to provide help and guidance to the pilots. The 41 Jetstream is one of 3 simulators that the university has; the others being a Piper Tomahawk simulator, built from an actual Tomahawk cabin, and a fast-jet simulator which is used to fly Typhoons and Phantoms. It’s the only facility of its kind in the UK. The student-built Jetstream simulator has 7 screens (not including those used for instruments), and is run using 6 separate computers. The yokes, pedestal and seats are from a Hawker Siddeley HS-125. The group had raised £500 even before the first ‘take-off’ and you can donate at https://www.justgiving.com/FSG24 You can also watch the event as it happens at https://www.twitch.tv/fsgliverpool