Taking to the sky from land

  • Pilot Karen Mitchell, left, shows fellow Pilot Jeff Davis the numerous high-tech features of the new Skybright simulator. Both Mitchell and Davis are Certified Flight Instructors. Davis, a retired airline pilot, owns and operates Double Time Aviation. Courtesy

Published: 1/20/2023 10:02:56 AM
Modified: 1/20/2023 10:02:38 AM

A Redbird Full Motion Flight Simulator recently “landed” at the Laconia Airport’s Laconia Flight Academy, a branch of Skybright Aviation.  This innovative technology simulator provides pilots and pilot candidates with a cost-effective, state-of-the-art trainer.  The simulator enables students to undergo an immersive training experience while reducing the time and cost to earn a pilot’s license or advanced certification.  Laconia Flight Academy now has the Lakes Region’s only Redbird full-motion simulator.  

Lee Avery, owner of the Flight Academy and Skybright Aviation said “Redbird is a great addition to the tools we have to help customers reach their aviation goals.”  He added that the simulator training hours can be counted towards a portion of the FAA requirements for beginning and advanced certifications.

Redbird’s video package enables the user to “fly” anywhere in the world to experience a variety of airspace environments.  

“The sophistication and technology of these simulators can reduce the cost of earning a pilot license while, at the same time, providing a valuable experience not easily replicated in an actual aircraft,” said Pilot Karen Mitchell, one of the Redbird instructors.

 Avery’s new simulator features a fully enclosed cockpit with 200-degree wrap-around visuals.  He invites beginners, experienced pilots and the curious to come to Laconia Flight Academy and check out the Redbird.  Call 603-528-6818 or visit the website www.laconiaflightacademy.com  to schedule a visit to learn more, take the controls and experience flight without leaving the ground.

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