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In general, simulators are designed to imitate aspects of events, situations, or operations to forecast future effects, outcomes, or the cause of a past event. Simulators are useful tools because they provide an environment that is safe, cost effective, flexible, and realistic. Because of improvements in technology, simulators are able to closely resemble the look and feel of real-world operations and processes. This entry discusses the history of management flight simulators, how they are used in the modern business environment, their use as instructional tools, their impact on learning, and examples of management flight simulators.

Although simulators are used in a variety of disciplines, one of the earliest adopters of these tools was aviation. Beginning in 1929 with the development of the first ground-based flight simulator, ...

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