Meet the team

Who created this program?

Jay Carter configures the virtual DC-3 flight deck on our Elite Simulator.

The Aviation Museum’s “Around the World Flight Adventure” is the product of volunteer effort and the support of generous sponsors. The program is based on an original idea from Chuck Gerhan, a long-time docent and volunteer at the Aviation Museum of New Hampshire. The team creating and editing the flight segments on our Elite simulator includes Aviation Museum volunteers Jay Carter, Ora Lassila, and Bob Hough. The flight segments are created using Prepar3D version 4.5 terrain rendering software. Web development has been provided by Ora Lassila and Bob Hough. Our “Around the World Flight Adventure” logo was created by graphic designer Susan Englert.

Additional support has been provided by tech committee volunteers Wendell Berthelsen, Lee Hauenstein, and many other members of the Aviation Museum’s volunteer community.

Text for the flight segments is being researched and written by Jeff Rapsis, the museum’s executive director and a former middle school teacher. Educational outreach is being coordinated by Kathy Schnebel, Aviation Museum business administrator.

Our “Around the World Flight Adventure” would not be possible without the support from generous sponsors, including:

Wire Belt Company of America, Inc.

is a 4th generation family-owned manufacturer of stainless steel wire mesh conveyor belts and components used primarily in the food processing industry. With headquarters in Londonderry, N.H. and factories in England and Germany, Wire Belt serves a broad spectrum of industrial clients in the U.S. and globally. Wire Belt is committed to developing a skilled workforce, and is regularly named one of N.H.’s best companies to work for in an annual survey by BusinessNH magazine.

New Hampshire Humanities

supports programs for discovery, self-reflection, and lifelong learning by fostering civil discourse and bringing ideas from the humanities to the people of New Hampshire.

Manchester-Boston Regional Airport

is the convenient alternative to Logan International Airport. Strategically situated in the heart of New England. Located less than fifty miles north of Boston, Mass. and less than an hour’s drive from the region’s most popular ski areas, scenic seacoast beaches and peaceful lakefront resorts. Manchester-Boston Regional Airport is served by: Delta Air Lines, Southwest Airlines, United and American Airlines.

So Many Aircraft

publishes reference information about aircraft in the form of photographs and print publications, mainly intended for scale modelers but also for other aviation enthusiasts. Their book about the Manchester-Boston Regional Airport is available on Amazon.

About our technology

Our all-digital DC-3 / C-47 in mid-flight

We’re making our ‘Around the World Flight Adventure’ seem as real as possible, but it’s entirely a virtual experience. It’s being created using “sim” hardware (short for “simulator”) and a range of specialized software that’s all commercially available, and in some cases free to download.

The basic platform we use is Prepar3D from Lockheed Martin, which is found in professional pilot training simulators all around the globe. Our digital C-47 aircraft comes from Manfred Jahn, a well-known digital aircraft modeler. And ChasePlane camera software makes exterior views of our aircraft possible from virtually any angle. Various scenery enhancement packages help provide hi-res renderings of well-known landmarks. When we fly over Big Ben, it shouldn’t look like a shoebox!

Here are links to companies and developers that are helping make our virtual around-the-world journey possible:

Finally, many thanks to the Aviation Museum’s board of directors for encouraging this innovative project while the museum is closed to the public due to coronavirus public health concerns.

Comments, suggestions, and feedback are welcome. Contact Jeff Rapsis, executive director of the Aviation Museum of N.H., via e-mail at or call him at (603) 669-4820.

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