On Monday, December 11th, 2017 New York Wing Civil Air Patrol debuted their newly installed Redbird FMX flight simulator at the New York Wing Cadet Education Center on the 174th NYANG Base, Hancock Field in Syracuse, NY.
“There is a shortage of pilots, in the Air Force, in general aviation, in commercial, there is a pilot shortage.” said New York Wing Commander Colonel Tom Carello. “To that end, the wing has purchased a Redbird FMX flight simulator with 172 and 182 G1000 platforms. CAP Cadets will be able to learn the importance of STEM careers in a fun, educational manner with this simulator. They will be able to enhance flight training in our CAP Cadet program. It will also provide our pilots the opportunity to improve existing flight skills.” Carello said.
The flight simulator was purchased with funds from a grant approved in the 2017-2018 NYS budget. Budget funding for Civil Air Patrol was a priority for Senator Thomas Croci (3rd Senate District) and Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo (123rd Assembly District) and Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi (119th Assembly District).
Assembly members Donna Lupardo and Anthony Brindisi were on hand to “cut the ribbon” on the new simulator. They were both able to try it out for themselves.
“New York State is lucky to have Civil Air Patrol units actively involved in their communities,” said Assemblywoman Lupardo, a Major in CAP’s Legislative Squadron. “This simulator will be a great resource for our local cadets to use in their training. Along with the education and training it provides, CAP is regularly involved with emergency and disaster response missions. I am very happy I was able to help secure this funding to help CAP continue doing this valuable work.”
“The Civil Air Patrol has a history going back to 1941 as the Air Force’s ‘eyes in the skies.’ Today I was pleased to help unveil a Redbird FMX Flight Simulator that the New York Wing of the CAP will use at its Cadet Education Center Building at Hancock Field in Syracuse. The simulator was obtained thanks to a state grant I supported in the 2017-2018 State Budget. This device will help encourage interest in the STEM fields by the CAP’s young cadets, and will be used for valuable flight training and pilot proficiency during the winter months. CAP continues to provide significant assistance for a variety of natural and man-made emergencies, along with performing Homeland Security-related functions. Its education programs provide leadership and aerospace skill training for many young people. The tasks CAP members perform save our local governments time and resources when information is needed quickly–whether it’s following a natural disaster, a missing child, or in man made emergencies” said Assemblyman Anthony Brindis.