For a high school student, contemplating what they want to do in their adult life can be stressful.
Junior Tyler Duda has known since sophomore year in his high school career that being a commercial pilot is something he will pursue as he searches for colleges next year.
After Duda noticed his wide interest in the field of engineering, he worked for a long period of time to assemble a flight simulator in his own home.
Duda enjoys using equipment to build parts for airplanes. He first became interested in engineering when he visited his uncle at Delta Airline in Atlanta and was taken to see the simulators, which motivated Duda to pursue this project.
“It’s definitely a large project. The process was a lot of buying panels, other components, and the actual building. The fabrication is still in the process, but it will take only about four months to complete,” Duda said.
Unaware that he wanted to make being a pilot a career, Duda has always been fascinated in planes and the process of assembling them, but it was that trip with his uncle last February that made that interest into reality.
“I think it’s really cool that he made one instead of buying it because it shows dedication,” sophomore Kate Thomsin said about the project.
Taking more than a year, this project has been a rewarding yet laborious development, according to Duda, and he’s uncertain if he wants to pursue another project similar to a simulator.
“He’s worked hard on the simulator and put a lot of money into it. It has three screens on it and someone can set exactly what they want the airplane to be like, what kind, color, what weather condition they’ll be flying in, and where they’ll be flying from and to. He can basically control everything about the plane and its environment,” junior Mariah Litka said.
Although Duda says that the process was a slow one with purchasing the individual pieces and waiting for the equipment to come in, the overall result has left him feeling accomplished.