Microsoft and Intel Provide Ultimate Aviation Experience for Aspiring Pilots

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Microsoft donates ?Flight Simulator X? and Intel contributes high-end-gaming personal computers based on Intel Core 2 Quad processors for youths interested in flight.

REDMOND, Wash. ? Aug. 3, 2007 ? Young aspiring pilots will soon have a new learning tool at their disposal. Microsoft Corp., along with Intel Corporation, today announced the donation of 28 high-end-gaming personal computers and monitors with Microsoft? ?Flight Simulator X? to use at the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Young Eagles Air Academy. The academy, launched in 1992 to give young people an opportunity to experience the joy of flying in a general aviation airplane, has been made possible through the generosity of EAA member volunteers around the world who donate their time to take youths into the air in personal aircraft, free of charge.

The donation to the EAA Young Eagles Air Academy will provide an educational experience for Young Eagles members through hands-on time with ?Flight Simulator X.? Since 1992, more than 1.1 million Young Eagles have enjoyed the experience of flight thanks to the volunteer-driven program, which will now leverage Intel? quad-core processor-based PCs and Microsoft software to offer a totally new, interactive experience. Young Eagles have been registered in more than 90 countries and have been flown by nearly 40,000 volunteer pilots around the world.

?The EAA has a fantastic program for youths interested in flight,? said Brett Schnepf, Community and Partner Development manager for Microsoft ACES Studio. ?We are very proud to be a part of this donation with Intel and the EAA, which will enable aspiring young pilots to live their dreams of flying, and we?re honored that they will be doing so through the realism of ?Flight Simulator X.??

?Flight Simulator X? is the culmination of nearly 25 years of the landmark ?Flight Simulator? franchise and the most significant addition to date. With ?Flight Simulator X,? gamers of all ages, types and skill levels will experience firsthand what it?s like to be an aviator traveling the globe either alone or online with others.
?Intel supports the Young Eagles and encourages their love of aviation,? said Mark Swearingen, director of Microsoft Programs at Intel Corporation. ?Microsoft ?Flight Simulator X? takes advantage of the energy-efficient performance of the Intel Core? 2 Quad processor ? that?s four processing engines per Intel chip ? with a further boost thanks to our Intel Threading Toolkit for software developers. As a result, Young Eagles and experienced pilots alike can enjoy a stunning and realistic Microsoft ?Flight Simulator? experience when using computers featuring Intel quad-core technology.?

he Experimental Aircraft Association is a growing and diverse organization focused on people, offering the opportunity to make new aviation friends and form relationships, while encouraging the sharing of information, stories and enthusiasm. The focus of EAA is communication through programs such as Young Eagles Air Academy and AirVenture, along with their respective publications, chapter networks and numerous other programs.

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