ROTC Aviation Simulator
Aviation exercise held for NDSU students
Published: Monday, September 30, 2013
Updated: Monday, September 30, 2013 14:09
The Army ROTC organized a flight simulation exercise by the Bentson Bunker Field House last week to inform students about enrollment options in the Army ROTC on the NDSU campus.
Army ROTC partnered with the Fargo office of US Army Recruiting to spread awareness amongst NDSU students, particularly the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics students, about some of the premier jobs the US Army offers.
The ROTC used an aviation simulation van to give students a firsthand idea of how it is to fly a US Army helicopter.
The students got a chance to simulate flight experiences of an Apache AH-64 attack helicopter, an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) and the CH-47 Chinook Military Transport Helicopter.
The students using the Apache helicopter got to sit in a simulated cockpit and carry out a flight and attack mission. The controls offered were similar to an actual Apache helicopter, except for certain foot controls.
The simulator for the UAV had students fly, perform a loop in the air and land the vehicle back safely on the runway. The Chinook simulator gave a first person view of flying in the Transport Helicopter along with wind effects one would feel while flying.
Lynnae Caneen, a freshman in Business Administration from Bemidji, Minn. was one of the students who tried out the aviation simulator. Caneen who was part of Junior ROTC throughout high school, said she enjoyed the simulators and is excited to be part of the Army ROTC experience during college.
The Army ROTC at NDSU has a current enrollment of 72 cadets. Captain Scott Sumbles, Assistant Professor of Military Sciences at NDSU, said, “After completing their training with the ROTC, an Officer candidate can choose between 16 different branches of the US Army, and aviation could be one of them.”
The students of ROTC are mentored by upperclassmen that are matched with them based on academic major. Captain Sumbles who has spent 13 years with the US Army said, “The ROTC is all about developing leadership qualities and development of character.”
The trailer van also displayed other Army exhibits like uniform and gear of an Army Pathfinder, rockets and mini models of aerial vehicles that the US Army uses.