Simulated Global Record
A flight instructor from K-State at Salina is mirroring the flight through simulation.
Brad Amstutz took off with Steve, via a Flight Simulator, and has been flying the same route. The simulation includes real-time weather and aircraft loading. This is the second time Amstutz has simulated Fossett's record attempts. He also flew the first attempt in 2005, originating from Salina. During the previous attempt, Amstutz actually beat Fossett back to Salina and was on the runway in time to watch the landing.
This time, Amstutz is part of a human psychology study. The study is focusing on the effects of fatigue on pilots conducting long duration flights. This is one of a few studies being conducted in cooperation with the K-State Psychology Department.