Aviation students at Portland Community College are getting a big help with their education, thanks to a new addition to the college.

PCC’s Aviation Science Program has installed six new flight simulators in its hangar on their Rock Creek campus.

Four of the simulators are fixed-wing stations like Cessna and Piper Airplanes while the other two are helicopter simulators.

These are specific aircraft that PCC students use at Hillsboro and Troutdale airports in their training

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PCC said this gives students valuable experience and allows students to save money by not having to rent simulators at an airport.

“By prepping for their lessons so that they are actually ready to fly when they get out to the airport, we estimate we will save thousands of dollars per student,” Larry Altree, faculty chair for the program said. “There is a tendency for beginning pilots to go out and spend a lot of time just figuring out what the different controls do. Those wasted minutes can really hurt the student financially.

Besides cost, the simulations give students a way to fly year-round. Students can now practice flying VFR anytime, no matter whether it’s cloudy or sunny, warm or cold.

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