Students at our Tennessee flight school will be familiar with our Redbird FMX – a state-of-the-art flight simulator which forms a vital part of their training. But why do we use it? And why should you look for a flight school which uses flight simulation? In this article, we’re going to look at flight simulation training and all the benefits that come with it.
Flight Simulation Training is Safe
Only an FAA-approved simulator can give you the opportunity to practice handling lifelike situations. You wouldn’t want your first experience to be in the sky. If you fail, you might not get a second chance. Flight simulation training is the safest way to fail and try again until you get it right.
Train at Your Convenience
There are no weather delays when you’re training with a flight simulator. You can get your hours in on the simulator rain or shine. You can practice flying in all conditions, so when the weather does turn bad, you’ll be ready. All you need to do is reserve your simulation training time and you’re good to go.
More Efficient Training
Studies indicate that every hour in a flight simulator is worth two or more hours in an airplane. Professional grade programs and instructors develop the foundation of sim training. Custom programs based on your specific needs are ready to be launched at the touch of a button. Flight simulators put you into the exact situation you need to train for in a matter of seconds. And of course, you can practice the various situations as much as you need.
Save the Wear on Your Aircraft
Training in an aircraft is costly. The fuel and maintenance quickly add up. There are certainly times when you need to actually fly a plane, but much of your training foundation can be formed with simulation training. Think about it like going to the driving range for golf practice. You hit the driving range every day, then play one round per week to test what you learned at the range. It’s much safer and cost-effective.
Develop Muscle Memory for Emergencies
When you’re thousands of feet in the air you want to be as comfortable and confident as possible. You still have to react to unknown variables, but you want to feel like you’ve been there before. Thousands of hours of practice and rehearsals are what make airline and military pilots act with confidence and maneuver their aircraft with precision skill when things don’t go as planned.
Ready to Start Your Flight Simulation Training?
These are just a few of the benefits of flight simulation training. It’s easy to see why the process can be so useful for trainee pilots – and why you should look for a flight school with flight simulation capabilities.