“No,” Jason Wolcott, Vice President of TURBINE TRAINING in Manhattan, Kansas, said with a smile, “Jordan Spieth is not coming here to train - - though it would sure be fun to have him here!”
Jason went on to explain that the reason Spieth is of interest when it comes to cessna training centers is the fact that, like TURBINE TRAINING, he, too, utilizes a simulator. In fact, thanks to Korean manufacturer GOLFZON, attendees at the 144th Open at St. Andrews in Scotland are going to be able to check them out as well. Two of the “programs” being featured at the Open include “Chip Shot Challenge” and “Longest Drive.”
“The thing is,” Dale Wolcott, TURBINE TRAINING’s President, pointed out, “simulators are being utilized in so many different areas that it is almost impossible to keep up!”
The elder Wolcott is right. In fact, following are just a few areas that simulators are used for training that you may or may not be aware of:
- BUS DRIVERS - The TAMIL NADU STATE TRANSPORT CORPORATION in India is utilizing simulators to ensure that drivers for privately owned bus companies has training equivalent to those who drive government owned buses.
- POLICE OFFICERS - Simulators are utilized for training in such areas as high-speed pursuits and suspect apprehensions.
- ASTRONAUT TRAINING - Canada is utilizing simulators to train astronauts and flight controllers in the use of Canadarm2 and Dextre, their contributions to the International Space Station.
- AQUACULTURE - A simulator has been developed to assist researchers at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. Its purpose is to allow you to virtually swim with the salmon on a fish farm.
- WELDERS - Like Flight Simulators, welding simulators are based on virtual reality technology. Currently used by KRAATZ MARINE, they believe it will help develop world-class welders in Namibia in the near future.
- HEALTH CARE EXPERTS - Currently used in such areas as laparoscopic surgical procedures, providing training for cardiac issues, and generally improving medical knowledge.