IPST, Nok Air and Pan Am to Launch Flight Simulator Project for Students

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Bangkok, 13 December 2016 – The Institute for the Promotion of Teaching Science and Technology (IPST) together with Nok Airline Public Company Limited and Pan Am International Flight Training Center (Thailand) Limited launching a Full Flight Simulator Project, an educational aviation event that will take place at Pan Am International Flight Training Center (Thailand) Limited, Assumption University’s Suvarnabhumi Campus on 27th March 2017. The attended students will gain aviation knowledge from the professional pilots.

There is now a strong demand for pilot in aviation industry in the light of airline growth. IPST, Nok Air and Pan Am realize the importance of this problem. Therefore, we lend this opportunity and encourage the young people to visualize aviation career. By doing so, they will be able to try
full-flight simulator in Boeing 737 and Airbus 320. The students will have access to various learning activities, and get inspired by trainers and experienced pilots who will be sharing their experience in aviation including how to become a pilot and career path.

Dr. Pornpun Waitayangkul, President of IPST, said that “21st Century Skills including problem solving, creativity and innovation are vital skills for Thai students in order to pursue their future careers. The Ministry of Education drives STEM Education concretely in Thailand by integrating Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Education–STEM–with other art fields to solve real life problems, developing a new process or product, which is essential to earning a living and working in this century.

The body of knowledge related to a career in aviation is integrated in activities such as Science (Aerodynamics), Mathematics (Statistics), Engineering (Design and development of engines), and airplane wing development dealing with technology related in material science and satellite navigation.”

Dr. Pornpun noted that “this collaboration will enhance STEM education in providing personnel in STEM related careers to our STEM Ambassador program, giving advice and sharing work experiences with students.” She went on to say, “Aviation is still a dream career for many students and is related to STEM Education. This partnership will hopefully inspire and give knowledge to many youth and in the future will be extended to schools in rural areas.”

“Nok Air is a Thailand’s premium low-cost airline which focuses on developing activities that distribute benefits to the society and the country. This collaboration aims to improve a pilot shortage by providing youths with flight demonstration and knowledge from experienced pilots and instructors. We are delighted to be part of this educational project for children.” said Capt. Sanjai Boonma, Chief Operating Officer of Nok Airline Public Company Limited

“Pan Am, was a famous household name in the United States and the world. Today Pan Am is a leading provider of training support for airlines and aviation professionals. As the only surviving division of original Pan American World Airways, Pan Am has more years of aeronautical experience than any other airline training company in the world. Here at Pan Am Thailand, we not only provide the needs for current pilots, but we want to encourage the younger generation to be the future pilots of Thailand and around the world. With two state of the Art Full Flight simulators, Airbus A320 and Boeing B737, we are ready to introduce the next generation to pilot training. We are ecstatic about collaborating with Nok Air and IPST to make this possible for the future pilots of Thailand.” said Mr. Kazuyuki Iwakata, Chief Executive Officer of Pan Am International Flight Training Center (Thailand) Limited

The Full Flight Simulator Project opens for 50 students in grade 9 – 10 from the affiliated schools with IPST, based in Bangkok and Metropolitan. A team of two students will be selected from each school to apply for this project. Afterward, ten selected students who passed evaluation will be offered to attend a special session of a full experience with Nok Air’s pilot.

Submission opens on 15 December 2016 – 15 January 2017. Please visit www.ipst.ac.th for more information.