This is an exciting time to be a student at The Whitehaven Academy.
Tuesday 26th April saw the arrival of a brand new addition to The Whitehaven Academy, the Project Phoenix Flight Simulator.
Our contact at Sellafield, Niall Patterson delivered the fuselage of the Piper Tomahawk plane ready for the project team to enter into the next phase of the flight simulator project.
The team comprising of Sophie Benn (Project Manager), Will Templeton, Emily Nann, Oliver Chambers, Holly Evans, Scott Cairns, Thomas Evans, Jamie Morgan, Josh Musgrave were joined by Josh Gillson, Ben Gillson and James Jennings to begin work on the fuselage after school. The work will start with a good clean both inside and outside followed by stripping of some of the sharp edges. Once this has been completed, Mr. Patterson will return to teach our team how to connect joysticks to the existing wiring and connect the computer program and computer base unit to the rest of the controls.
The aim of the project is to build a working prototype flight simulator with just £500 donated from the Royal Aeronautical Society. The fuselage has been kindly donated by Alan Rayson, owner of Carlisle Flight Training School.
Our deadline for completion is 11th May 2016, when we will be judged in the first round of the competition. This is then followed up with a trip to the Imperial War Museum in Duxford for the second round of judging. The trip will involve a presentation performed by the project team, questions from a panel and a tour of the museum. When we are successful at Duxford, we will be awarded further funding from Boeing to build another flight simulator based on the prototype design.