The LAX flight simulator training program went on the road recently to the American Legion California State Convention at the Riverside Convention Center. Hundreds of delegates and visitors got hands-on experience with six simulators from the program based in the Flight Path Learning Center.
Robert Cozad, the Legion's State Aerospace Commissioner, together with California State Commander Al Lennox participated in the demonstration. Instructor Martell Bush and his staff from Flight Path guided those operating the simulators. LAX Community Relations Director Nancy Niles, Flight Path Vice President Vincent Migliazzo and Flight Path Executive Director Lee Nichols also participated.
The equipment, which provides airport area students with simulated aircraft piloting experience and related instruction, was set up in a booth at the conference center, according to Rowena Ake, Flight Path president. Major sponsors of the program include American Legion Posts 177, 283 and 108, Westchester Woman’s Club, Westchester YMCA and Los Angeles World Airports Community Relations.
"This was an opportunity to show our American Legion sponsors and their guests the aviation career training and guidance we are doing at Flight Path," said Ake. "Since we began the program last year, we have enrolled more than 100 students of all ages. Thanks to our sponsors, we are able to offer this experience at no charge to participants.
The Flight Path booth also featured a photo display prepared by Shirley Hoffmann, coordinator of the program.