K-State Polytechnic gifted flight trainers

Published: Mar. 23, 2021 at 10:27 AM CDT
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MANHATTAN, Kan. (WIBW) - Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus has received a gift of three flight trainers.

Kansas State University says John and Kim Vanier, of Salina, have gifted three flight trainers to its Polytechnic campus. It said two flat-panel trainers and one full trainer will allow faculty to teach future aviators in state-of-the-art training devices.

“These new training devices will give our students the advantage of having hands-on knowledge on how to use an automated flight deck, how highly complex systems integrate with each other, and how crews interact with each other in decision-making processes,” said Neal Bloomquist, assistant professor of aviation. “While nothing can beat the act of manning the controls of a real commercial airliner, these flight simulators are essential for giving the students a feel for what it will be like should they decide to work for an airline.”

According to K-State, the Vaniers are longtime residents and supporters of projects throughout Salina and with the University. It said they have been active in their support of scholarships and with the construction of various facilities in and around Salina and Manhattan.

“K-State Polytechnic has always held a special place in my heart,” John Vanier said. “With all that the Salina Airport Authority is doing with airport facilities, the training that the school will offer with these simulators will keep K-State Polytechnic at the forefront of aviation education.”

K-State said Vaniers’ gift advances what its Polytechnic campus can offer students in terms of training.

“We are tremendously grateful to John and Kim Vanier for their investment in strengthening the educational experience for our students,” said Alysia Starkey, CEO and dean of K-State Polytechnic. “Their amazing generosity means that our professional pilot program will continue to be a vital, respected leader in flight education, providing industry-specific training for years to come.”

According to the University, advanced technology and training are key to the Polytechnic campus’s goal of being a world leader in aviation.

“John and Kim Vanier’s gift directly aligns with our Global Aeronautics Initiative, which is to create leading-edge and accessible educational and training capabilities to support industry talent needs of tomorrow, with graduates better prepared for careers of the future,” said Richard Myers, president of Kansas State University. “The new flight trainers give our students access to the advanced equipment and technology they need to build the skills necessary for success and sets K-State apart as one of the best places for future pilots to train.”

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