Nashua NH – Whenever aviation-related events and issues arise, Boston’s WBZ-TV 4, owned and operated by CBS, turns to Nashua Flight Simulator in Nashua, NH for expert advice and commentary.
Recently, Nashua Flight Simulator was asked to demonstrate the events in Minneapolis, MN when an airliner over-flew the airport and was out of radio contact with controllers. For WBZ’s telecast, Nashua Flight Simulator instructor, Eric Schoneberger demonstrated the flight management, the auto-pilot, the communications and navigation systems, and how they all work and how pilots respond to air traffic control vectors and calls.
“Four times this year WBZ-TV4 has contacted Nashua Flight Simulator,” said Stephen Cunningham, managing partner, “to provide our aviation experience, knowledge and expertise in helping them and their viewers understand the aviation events of national and regional importance.”
In January, Nashua Flight Simulator demonstrated the events surrounding the spectacular landing in what has become known as the “Miracle of the Hudson.” Instructor Forrest Nelson, a retired Boeing 777 captain for a major carrier demonstrated the event’s successful ditching by using the company’s Elite iGate Flight Simulator in the King Air aircraft model mode. This is the same training platform that is utilized for insurance- approved recurrent training programs. Nelson provided the reporter with a captain’s insight into the thinking and quick action that was executed by the flight crew on that now historic day.
Two weeks later WBZ called again for Nashua Flight Simulator to help them understand the tragic events in Buffalo. Schoneberger, also a retired airline captain and former US Navy pilot, illustrated several of the factors that likely led to this mishap.
“When a small Piper Warrior made an emergency landing on Route 495 near Mansfield, MA, we were called for a “live, on-air commentary” as those events were unfolding said Cunningham. “We helped the reporter, news anchors and the viewers understand how pilots are trained to land in an emergency or engine-out situation.”
Cunningham added, “We’ve become the ‘go-to- guys’ for WBZ when the breaking news involves aviation and airplanes. We’re pleased that we can contribute to accurate reporting of aviation events with knowledge, experience and factual information.”
Nashua Flight Simulator is an aviation training center approved by major aviation insurance underwriters for pilots needing recurrent training for turbo-prop, single and twin-engine piston aircraft including most high performance technically advanced aircraft.