The Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA), a community of pilots and other aviation enthusiasts, has teamed up with Microsoft to launch scholarships and educational materials for “young aviation enthusiasts”. The new partnership revolves around Microsoft Flight Simulator, which is a popular and very realistic game for those who dream of piloting airplanes.
The new effort was announced by EAA, which says it and Microsoft have agreed to create a total of three Microsoft Flight Simulator scholarships for the next three years. The partnership will also bring other benefits as well.
Microsoft will be giving recipients of a current EAA Youth Flight Training Scholarship free copies of the latest version of Flight Simulator over the next three years. All EAA members will have the opportunity to acquire the latest version of Flight Simulator at a discounted rate as well, and some EAA classes, with appropriate facilities, will receive copies of Flight Simulator to help train future pilots.
In a statement, Microsoft Flight Simulator President Jorg Neumann He said:
We are very excited to partner with EAA. Their passion for aviation is unparalleled and their focus on inspiring the next generation of pilots with Young Eagles is a perfect, real-world counterpart to what we hope to achieve with the new Microsoft Flight Simulator. The newly created Microsoft Flight Simulator Scholarships is a great way to interact with the EAA community and we hope to attend Oshkosh 2021 to demonstrate our commitment to aviation and the EAA community.
Microsoft Flight Simulator was first released in 1982. The latest version, released in August, is available on Xbox and PC through Steam for $ 59.99. Aviation enthusiasts have two other options: the Deluxe Package, $ 89.99, and the Premium Deluxe Package, $ 119.99.