Goulburn Valley Grammar School students yesterday learned first-hand what it was like to be in the air force, with members of the air force taking students through a flight simulator experience.
Students were taught the fundamentals of flying, working through a PowerPoint presentation and interactive games showing what to expect when in the air.
Students then took turns in sitting in the cockpit and putting their knowledge to the test in a virtual reality.
Flight lieutenant Daniel Fisher said the experience was a valuable one for students, teaching them about what is involved in being in the air force.
‘‘We get them working on some things they will do in the air traffic world,’’ he said.
‘‘Anticipating where the aircraft is going, ‘deconflict’ them, land them safely and of course scan around the airfield to ensure they are all moving around safely.’’
Students were given the information needed to fly an aircraft, being taught how to use a stick and throttle along with what to look out for when in the air to ensure the air space is protected.
Mr Fisher said he hoped the simulator motivated students to focus on their stem subjects in school.
‘‘We hope to contextualise what students are studying in the classroom and where it can lead them in the future,’’ he said.
‘‘The aim is to motivate them to stay in school and to do well, it is also a really good opportunity for them to ask us any questions or curiosities they may have about aviation.’’
The sessions focused on teaching students about officer aviation, air traffic control, pilots and air combat officers.
Year 9 student Jack Vaivars said the experience was a valuable one, teaching him about a career path he had never considered.
‘‘It was something different and not something we get to do in class,’’ he said.
‘‘It seems pretty cool and a good career path.’’