Florida Tech Receives Two Flight Simulators From Emil Perpetual Trust


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Florida Tech Receives Two Flight Simulators From Emil Perpetual Trust

By Daniel Guevarra

December 4, 2011 - A generous donation from the Emil Buehler Perpetual Trust brought Florida Institute of Technology two Frasca 242 Piper Seminole Level 5 Flight Simulation Training Devices (FSTDs). The simulators, valued at $350,000 each, are housed in the Emil Buehler Center for Aviation Training and Research, at Melbourne International Airport, home of FIT Aviation. 

The FSTDs are manufactured by Frasca International Inc. in Urbana, Ill. The cockpit is made from fiberglass and accurately replicates the flight deck of an actual Piper Seminole aircraft. It includes the actual Avidyne Entegra integrated avionics system as installed within a Piper Seminole.

The FSTD is equipped with Frasca?s TruFeel electronic control loading system, which provides realistic, variable control pressures throughout the flight envelope. It is also equipped with TruVision Global visual system, which is displayed through three LCD projectors onto a cylindrical screen and provides pilots a 180? horizontal by 40? vertical field of view. Said Glenn Vera, director of FIT Aviation, ?The realism exhibited with this device will greatly aid the flight students as they progress through their multi-engine training.? 

Students may use up to 25 hours simulator time during the multiengine commercial course and multiengine add-on course?for initial familiarization training, emergency procedures and instrument training. ?The benefits of conducting flight training in the FSTDs include safety, effectiveness and scheduling availability,? added Vera. FIT Aviation was established in 1968. Part of the College of Aeronautics for academics, FIT Aviation handles flight training. Today, FIT Aviation provides flight training, from beginning to advanced, to Florida Tech students and the general public. 

About the Emil Buehler Perpetual trust, the Emil Buehler Trust was established in 1984 to perpetuate the memory of Emil Buehler and his commitment to aviation science and technology. Emil Buehler, aviation visionary, architect and engineer - the majesty and mystery of flight was more than a private interest. It was a vision to be shared during his lifetime and beyond. It is this same vision that is perpetuated today through the continuing philanthropic involvement of the Buehler Trust. 

Emil Buehler was born April 24, 1899 in Alpirsbach, a small town in the Black Forest area of Germany. One of the very few local children to achieve a high school level of education, he first experienced flying at age 17 as a pilot in the World War I German navy. Following the war, he graduated from the University of Stuttgart with degrees in architecture and engineering - moving to America within the year to pursue his career. 


A pioneer in aeronautics as well as a designer of buildings, Mr. Buehler was actively involved in many of the significant aviation events that took place in New Jersey during the late 1920?s and early 1930?s. He operated his own school of aeronautics at New Jersey?s Teterboro Airport, ran a seaplane base on the Hudson River, and later designed and personally supervised the construction of an aviation facility at the Executive Airport in Fort Lauderdale. 

His aeronautic involvements also included funding the development of a wind tunnel with Mach 3 capability - allowing the testing of space vehicles in design configurations at speeds up to three times the speed of sound. The internationally-known Emil Buehler Mach 3 wind tunnel is located at Rutgers, the State of New Jersey University, which in 1974 conferred on Emil Buehler the title of Eminent Engineer. 

His legacy of philanthropic commitment extends to a number of leading educational institutions. In the early 1960?s, a donation from the Emil Buehler Foundation led to the establishment of Buehler Planetarium at Broward Community College in Fort Lauderdale. Continuing funding provided by the Buehler Trust has established the planetarium as an outstanding facility for astronomy education. 

Emil Buehler Trust also funds sponsorship of the Eagle Flight Leadership Center for the EAA Aviation Foundation, the Hall of Fame Gallery at the Aviation Hall of Fame Educational Center, the Conservation Laboratory at the Emil Buehler Naval Aviation Library, the Emil Buehler Observatory on the campus of Broward College in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, the Emil Buehler Conservation Laboratory at the Dulles Center and the National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institute.

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