Bergen Community College Takes To The Air, On The Ground
By Mel Fabrikant Wednesday, September 25, 2013, 07:10 PM EDT
www.ParamusPost.com received news about Bergen Community College's new programs the paragraph about their teaching flight simulation caught this ex-private pilot's eye. He immediately got in touch with Larry Hlavenka Jr., Managing Director, Office of Public Relations Bergen Community College and requested an in-person visit and tryout. Stalwart gentleman that Larry is, he arranged for a visit to the flight simulator where I was introduced to Professor Bill Klappert, the Aviation Program Director.When
After a bit of hangar flying where I learned that the professor has about 20,000 hours of flying time, compared to my 250 hours, we entered the flight simulator. Lucky for me, who hasn't flown in about 40 - 50 years, it simulated an early model Cessna 172. I have over 100 hours in this type of plane. To make it easy for this old man, Bill selected Teterboro Airport for our training session. He could have brought up just about any airport in the world. Teterboro is where I mostly flew out of. Good selection because my lack of recent experience allowed me to give a better performance. Yes, the simulator felt like the real thing. Horizon, weather, etc. could all be programmed in depending upon the situation that the professor wanted to simulate. We flew in VFR conditions!
After a visual checkup of the plane and an internal explanation of the Garmin GPS, we taxied out to the runway, did a quick run up and then we took off. My lack of control showed as I kept moving to each side of the middle white line until we reached liftoff speed and took off. Giving me a brief course, we did a touch and go, climbed to 3,000 feet on the simulator and then did a stall, a tailspin and a dead stick landing using a sideslip to hurriedly lose altitude. It felt like the real thing throughout the session and I was glad to have Bill in the co-pilot's seat helping me through some of my gaffes.
The course is new to Bergen CC .. one I can highly recommend. Pun intended! The simulator used for class AVT-100, Introduction to Aeronautics, is state of the art. There is also a helicopter simulator, but neither of us was a helicopter pilot so we forsook that. A degree in Aviation is available with this course. They cover Aviation Operations, Aviation Administration and coming soon, a degree in Avionics.
Visit the facility at www.bergen.edu/aviation . You can also contact Christina Martinez, Aviation Program Coordinator at email@example.com or call 201 301 1702. Bill Klappert is available at firstname.lastname@example.org .