Press Release: Norway: exciting the next generation of aviation professionals

The Boeing Company and First Scandinavia Foundation are investing on young pilot´s future along with SpareBank1 and the local Norwegian government Bodø, Norway, June the 18th

Newton Flight Academy, aviation beyond the Polar Arctic Circle

Until 1940, postal service was served to Bodø by seaplanes from Widerøe company. A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor they say, Norwegian people know about it. And they also know that their country is not suitable for rookie pilots due to its periods of fast changing climate and adverse weather conditions. Today, a group of sponsors leaded by The Boeing Company have made possible the Newton Flight Academy, a virtual flight school powered with three motion flight simulators capable of simulating all sort of flight experiences. Norwegian young aviators look now to their future with a commitment of taking advantage of this new, accessible and realistic flight training environment.

All visitors to Newton Flight Academy will find an exclusive and dedicated space no matter if they are enthusiasts or professionals. Newton Flight Academy has separated rooms for briefings and debriefings as well as a stunning area where the flight experiences are delivered. Virtual-Fly, official supplier for the simulation technology, has prepared these 3 side-by-side motion flight simulators with glass cockpit in order to replicate single and twin piston engine airplane models on a sophisticated virtual environment with thousands of runways and weather possibilities. The flight simulators are linked to an Instructor Operator Station where the Instructor can customize difficulty and realism depending on the user´s necessities.

Stian Elstad, Project Manager at First Scandinavia Foundation, clearly described the purpose of their task “hopefully we can open the eyes for the future generations to see the many opportunities in the aviation industry” which is fully aligned with Dr. Matthew W. Ganz, President at Boeing Germany & Northern Europe, stating his desire of “exciting the next generation of aviation professionals”. The truth is, today´s youth is totally immersed on screen technologies and bringing a reliable an innovative motion flight simulator to them can make them feel part of the real world.

About Boeing:
Boeing is the world’s largest aerospace company and leading manufacturer of commercial jetliners and defense, space and security systems. A top U.S. exporter, the company supports airlines and U.S. and allied government customers in 150 countries. Boeing products and tailored services include commercial and military aircraft, satellites, weapons, electronic and defense systems, launch systems, advanced information and communication systems, and performance-based logistics and training.

About FIRST Scandinavia Foundation:
First Scandinavia Foundation is a non-profit organization located in Bodø, Norway, that focuses its activity in offering children and young people good training and empowering experiences with technical and natural sciences, and therefore contribute to more pupils choosing scientific education options. The FIRST Scandinavia foundation has since 2000 developed and implemented concepts and projects in SCIENCE for over 200,000 children and young people. FIRST LEGO League Scandinavia (FLL) and Newton are its two largest and most important concepts, where they have ongoing projects in 65 cities.

About Virtual-Fly:
Virtual-Fly is a Spanish Research & Development Company located in Barcelona and specialized in designing hardware for flight simulation. Virtual-Fly delivers self-made solutions based on robust, reliable and realistic flight simulators. Its Plug&Fly™ technology is prepared for easy activation of the products, wide setup options and customization of realism and difficulty of the flight experiences thus allowing its operators to maximize space, investment and added value to the business experience.

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