Brent Budden, left, receives a certificate of appreciation Monday at The Los Alamos County Airport from Cadet Chief Master Sgt. Caleb Britton for building and donating a flight simulator to the Los Alamos Civil Air Patrol. Courtesy/CAP
Physicist Brent Budden, right, instructs a CAP cadet in the operation of the flight simulator. Courtesy/CAP
Dr. Brent Budden of White Rock donated a flight simulator Monday to the Los Alamos Civil Air Patrol (CAP) for use in aerospace education by the CAP cadets.
Budden, a physicist, built the simulator over the last seven years at a cost of more than $5,000 in materials. The simulator is used to simulate both space and atmospheric flight.
In addition to cadet use in aerospace education, the simulator may be used as a procedure trainer for CAP mission pilots.
Civil Air Patrol is the official auxiliary of the United States Air Force. It has been a volunteer organization since its formation in 1941 and is known for service through search and rescue, response to natural disasters as well as work with the nation’s youth with Cadets and through Aerospace Education programs in public schools.