DURANT, Okla. (KTEN) — Southeastern Oklahoma State University's Aviation Sciences Institute is preparing future pilots to take on the skies with a new flight simulator.

"One of the things this university is doing is investing in the future," said ASI Director Michael Gaffney.

A game changer for South Eastern's Aviation Program, the new flight simulator, Boeing 737-Max prepares students for the airlines. 

"All of the controls, and all of this simulation we do here, allows us to simulate any of the weather condition, any kind of failure condition," said student Daniel Hair.

This new flight simulator teaches students how to navigate the skies during any type of weather conditions. 

"There are different training exercises we can do ... like flying through steep turbulence and navigating around thunderstorms," Hair explained.

This new simulator also allows students to practice real world scenarios. 

"They say that your first jet is hardest to learn, and then from then on, you kind of know the system, and you can better translate that into more aircraft," Hair said.

SOSU's aviation program is welcoming 35 new students this fall, and is excited for more innovation and growth in the future. 

"A lot of students in the program have never even rode on a commercial jet before, but to sit in here and learn about it, and take a training course that has this simulator embedded in here, is a game-changer for students," Hair said.

"This is just the beginning of an evolution of this program that everyone is going to be proud of," Gaffney added.