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30th Annual Flight and Ground Vehicle Simulation Courses

Main Course: January 20-24, 2014

Specialized Courses: January 27-28, 2014

Presented by:

Binghamton University – Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science

In cooperation with American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AAIA) - Modeling and Simulation Technical Committee

In 1929 Edwin A. Link, “the Father of Flight Simulation”, received his first patent for his pilot trainer in Binghamton, NY. What Link started as a simple and ingenious way of training pilots, has evolved into an integral part of the engineering design process of air and ground vehicles. Simulation not only saves lives, time, money and the environment, it provides a means to train for tasks that cannot be done on a real system.

For the last twenty nine years, Binghamton University has proudly hosted the Flight and Ground Vehicle Simulation courses. Technical training provides a significant return on investment and educates leaders in the field.

The revolutionary “Blue Box” or "Link Trainer" started the now multi-billion dollar flight simulation industry. The greater Binghamton area continues to shape the field as it is home to numerous companies involved in the business of flight simulation.

Take advantage of this opportunity to have world-renowned simulation experts guide you and your staff during your visit to the "Cradle of Flight Simulation".  Offerings include our 5-day Flight and Ground Vehicle Simulation main course and 2-day specialized courses in Visual Database Design and Visual System Specification & Acceptance Tests.

Take advantage to save by registering soon as Early Bird pricing ends Monday, October 14, 2013.


Click for a printable PDF of the 2014 brochure

2012 Brochure


Celebrating 30 Years

To honor the 30th year of our program, Binghamton University alumnus Joseph Kolly '88, Director of the Office of Research and Engineering from the National Transportation and Safety Board (NTSB), will present as a dinner speaker on Monday evening, January 20th from 5:00-7:00pmThis special dinner event is included with all registrations for the 5-day Flight and Ground Vehicle Simulation course. 

Joseph M. Kolly, PhDJoseph M. Kolly, PhD, Director, Office of Research and Engineering, National Transportation Safety Board

NTSB Experience:  Dr. Kolly was employed as a mechanical engineer at the NTSB in 1998.  He has investigated major accidents in all modes of transportation, foreign and domestic. Most notable was the fire and explosion investigation for the Boeing 747 TWA flight 800 accident, where he led applied research and testing programs to investigate jet fuel chemistry, airplane fuel tank thermochemistry, jet fuel flammability and ignition energy, and computational and experimental fuel tank combustion modeling.  Other notable investigations include those of Airbus A-300 American Airlines flight 587, the Space Shuttle Columbia, and more recently the lithium battery fire aboard a Japan Airlines Boeing 787 Dreamliner. Dr. Kolly has served as Director of the Office of Research and Engineering since 2009, and in this capacity oversees 800 investigations each year. He is responsible for oversight of the Board's three laboratory divisions—the Materials Laboratory, the Vehicle Recorders Laboratory, and the Vehicle Performance Laboratory—as well as the Safety Research Division. He has authored numerous papers and presentations on transportation safety and investigative techniques.

Other Experience:  From 1988 to 1998, Dr. Kolly was employed as a senior research scientist at Calspan/University at Buffalo Research Center (CUBRC), in the fields of high speed aerothermodynamics, aero-optics, and measurement diagnostics.  He also held the position of Facility and Operations Manager of the Large Energy National Shock (LENS) Tunnel at CUBRC. He serves as a Member of the Watson School Advisory Committee, State University of New York at Binghamton and as a Member of the Advisory Board, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Watson School of Engineering, State University of New York at Binghamton.




Who Should Attend

The course is suitable for people from a range of backgrounds working (or planning to work) in the simulator industry and for anyone seeking an overview of modern flight simulation. While introducing the key technologies, the course does not deal in detail with the technical methods.


The course will take place on the Binghamton University Campus in Vestal, New York. Please see the Travel Section for maps and directions. Click here for special hotel rates offered to our January 2014 attendees.

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