Flight simulator lands in Redmond
| RDD Enterprises offers simulator for pilot training and to the public
Flight simulator lands in Redmond
Rachael Rees / The Bulletin
REDMOND — Whether you want to fly a Cessna 400 to Portland or a Lancair IV-P to Dubai, the new flight simulator at RDD Enterprises in Redmond can take you there.
But it might not be a smooth flight — depending on your piloting skills.
Equipped with all flight controls and a wing-tip-to-wing-tip view of the horizon, the Redbird FMX full- motion flight simulator provides aviation training to help pilots earn licensing and certification.
“It's like the Wii golf, but it's so realistic that the (Federal Aviation Administration) has certified this device to be used in lieu of an airplane,” said Dave McRae, referring to the $100,000 simulator that will be open to the public in February.
McRae, co-owner of the aircraft maintenance, kit- airplane builder-assist shop and flight school on Southeast Airport Way, said RDD started in 2007, but hasn't really formed a connection with the community. Out of the 100 customers RDD has a year, only one lives in Redmond. The rest are from all over the world.
Through Northstar Flight Lab, a new business entity of RDD, McRae hopes to educate residents about the company, open the simulator to flight instructors and make flight training more convenient to current customers.
Lee Brinley, a 55-year-old Chicago resident who was building a Lancair plane at RDD on Tuesday, said he plans to use the simulator to earn his instrument rating.
“One of the huge pluses with a simulator is when you're confused you put everything on hold and talk through it with the (Certified Flight Instructor),” he said. “When you're in an airplane, obviously, you have to continue to fly the airplane.”
Mark Mahnke, co-owner of RDD, said the simulator will not only be open for pilots but also for parties, educational clubs, veterans groups and more.
Prices will range from a 30-minute session with no instructor for $40, to a three-hour full facility rental for up to 10 people for $350, Mahnke said.
McRae said the simulator is a considerably cheaper option than flying a plane. It's about $160 an hour for professional training in the simulator programmed to replicate a Cirrus SR22 Perspective.
A client training in his or her own Cirrus for an hour could spend more than $600, not including gas, he said.
McRae said kit planes, like the ones RDD helps owners build, can cost up to $1 million, so the average person in Redmond isn't going to be able to afford that. But if the community wants to experience aviation, the simulator is a safe, fun, and affordable way to do it.
For more information
To learn more about RDD Enterprises or its flight simulator, visit www.rddent.com or call 541-504-0305.
The holiest plant of the Christmas season may be a raggedy shrub with peeling bark that seems to grow best in a dusty backyard in Tempe, Ariz. This is Boswellia sacra, better known as the frankincense tree. The shrub’s gum resin is one of the three biblical gifts that the wise men bestowed on the infant Jesus. Until recently, Americans who wished to cultivate their…
FRESNO, Calif. — Federal law now allows visitors to carry guns in national parks, but you can’t just slip a loaded pistol into your backpack and take a hike. Pay attention, because this is a little complicated. You will need a concealed weapons permit to carry the loaded gun in the backpack. But you don’t need any kind of permit if you just want to…
Move over, large lap pools. Smaller swimming holes are making a big splash. Sure, the economy is playing a role in making this luxury littler: Smaller pool equals smaller budget. But it's more than that, says Brett Berry, owner of Landscape Renderings, a Missouri business that designs and builds outdoor living environments. “You can create a fantastic sense of intimacy and atmosphere with a small…
A few weeks ago, a reader sent me an eloquent email complaining about a story in which I'd suggested paddling on the northern branch of Sparks Lake as an alternative to more crowded portions of the popular lake. The writer said that over the decades, he'd seen Central Oregon “loved to death. ” Now, powder is tracked out in 30 minutes, Sparks Lake is always…
A barred owl that drew crowds of onlookers while swooping around at Farewell Bend Park earlier this year may well be dead. The owl was seen from mid-January into last month, regularly hunting for mice and voles along the Deschutes River just upstream of the Old Mill District. It then disappeared about a month ago. Two photographers found a dead owl March 3 about 10…