11 October FIRST TWO STUDENTS CASC Pilots graduate! Congratulations to F/Sgt Joseph Gee and F/Sgt Cameron Kibble. Both will undertake the Squadron Instructor course before moving on to STU in fighter aircraft and helicopter aircraft.
5 Oct CASC is moving to X-Plane 11 for VR training and implementing IPad instructor consoles Running XPlane IOS Control Pad. Instructors can now control the simulator remotely via VPN wifi and change winds, clouds, location as well as create aircraft failures all the while seeing exactly the student’s progress during the flight.
1 Oct Squadron has now 5 fully functional simulators: 2x VR enabled, 2x2D laptop, 1x desktop 2D. Instructor training nearing completion.
August 2017 Instructor training continues. New loanable laptops available to take home for practice complete with simulator and joystick.
20 Feb Sponsoring Association approve budget and addition of Virtual Reality Simulator to kickstart new CASC endeavour. Squadron currently own one sim in an enclosure running FSX
2 March Intel A7 7700 Super computer with Nvidia 1070 graphic cards and Oculus VR headgear arrive. Software chosen is Lockheed Martin Prepared 3D V3.4 because of Oculus compatibility. Oculus is difficult to setup but proves amazing!
13 March Show and Tell of new equipment to 89 Parents and Volunteers
22 March Seven senior cadets start CASC training to become instructors
3 April 17 RCAF Blue flight suits acquired from surplus in Manitoba. SA acquire Noon VR headset to test compatibility. NoonVR headset is cheap, but still is NOT compatible with current flight sim software.
4 April Two simulators are networked together using non internet connected Router; Cadets can now fly with other aircraft operated by 89 personnel simultaneously. Great for circuit training.
31 May 89 Sqn acquires second Virtual Reality Flight Sim system with Oculus VR headset.