New Flight Simulator Operators Are Younger Than You Might Expect

July 24, 2019

By C J Stephens

Young man sitting in flight simulator cockpit giving thumbs-up sign
Ty West, newly qualified simulator instructor.

The flight simulator has remained quite busy during this summer in spite of all else that is going on. Hundreds of PCAM visitors get the opportunity to fly this amazing machine. Most of our initial startup problems have faded into the past. The volunteers who operate this simulator have become quite proficient in demonstrating and instructing visiting pilots.

Two new operators have finished the training required to be effective instructors. Kira Hernandez, a student at a local high school quickly learned simulator operations and has been working regular shifts. We also have Ty West who just finished checking out as a qualified operator. Don’t be too quick to judge his skills by his young age. He learns very quickly and is always eager to show the finer details of flying some of our jets.

If you have not taken the opportunity to fly our Virtual Reality Simulator you are missing out on a great experience. Stop in and let Ty or one of our other people show you around.


There’s always something great going on at the Pacific Coast Air Museum. We have Open Cockpit weekends once a month,  special events throughout the year, and regular hot dog lunches. We host school field trips, special group tours, birthday parties, and family get-togethers, all among our collection of historic aircraft and educational exhibits.