The Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA), a community of pilots and others passionate about aviation, has teamed up with Microsoft to launch scholarships and educational material for “young aviation enthusiasts”. The new partnership revolves around Microsoft Flight Simulator, a popular and highly realistic game for those who dream of flying aircraft.
The new effort was announced by EAA, which states that it and Microsoft have agreed to establish a total of three Microsoft flight simulator grants for the next three years. The partnership will also bring other benefits.
Microsoft will give current recipients of EAA youth flight training grants free copies of the latest version of its flight simulator over the next three years. All EAA members will have the opportunity to obtain the latest Flight Simulator at a discount as well, and some EAA chapters with the right facilities will receive copies of Flight Simulator to help train future pilots.
In a statement, Microsoft Flight Simulator chief Jorg Neumann said:
We are very excited to partner with the EAA. Their passion for aviation is unmatched and their focus on inspiring the next generation of pilots via the Young Eagles program is a perfect real-world counterpart to what we hope to achieve with our new Microsoft Flight Simulator. The newly established Microsoft Flight Simulator scholarships are a great way to engage with the EAA community and we hope to attend Oshkosh 2021 to further show our commitment to aviation and the EAA community.
Microsoft Flight Simulator was first released in 1982. The latest edition, released in August, is available on Xbox and PC consoles through Steam for $ 59.99. Aviation enthusiasts also have two other options: the Deluxe package for $ 89.99 and the Premium Deluxe package for $ 119.99.