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La Jolla teen builds own realistic flight simulator

La Jolla teen builds own realistic flight simulator

During the past several months, when he hasn’t been in school or working with friends who are also on his school’s competitive robotics team, 17-year old Aidan Fay of La Jolla has spent much of his time figuring out how to connect a virtual reality to a physical one.

Fay hopes to one day be a licensed pilot. He’s had a fascination with flying since he was a young boy. Earlier this year, he decided to further his interest by designing a mock cockpit that could be used in conjunction with a computer flight simulator program he had been using, Prepar3D developed by Lockheed Martin. But that’s just a sliver of a grander story of this Francis Parker School junior, who has faced head-on...

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