Thankfully, learning to fly doesn’t just involve book study, then leaving the ground and hoping everything works out.
Students at our Memphis 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?
A Safe Way to Make Mistakes
It goes without saying (but I’ll say it anyway) the closer you are to the ground, the safer you are. The biggest benefit of flight simulation training is you are free to make catastrophic mistakes with no real consequences. Flight simulators are designed to accommodate beginners through the most advanced pilots. For more experienced pilots, they are a great way to practice emergency procedures or unusual flight scenarios safely.
Keep Trying Until You Get it Right
When you’re in the air, you have limited chances to get it right. Flight simulation gives you the opportunity to repeatedly try until you master it. Honing your technique without worrying about the outcome is the best way to achieve mastery in anything. We learn from mistakes, and a flight simulator is critical for building the skills and confidence of pilots in training.
Experience Life Like Conditions
Flying techniques must adapt to the weather conditions. Weather can bring rain, snow, wind, and ice. Different types of terrain will also require different reactions from the pilot. Flight simulation accurately recreates these dangerous conditions for you. When you inevitably encounter a tough flying environment, it will not feel like it’s your first time.
Simulators can even recreate in-flight failures, giving you the chance to learn how to deal with these types of situations in a safe and consequence-free environment.
Train on Your Schedule
Flight training in an aircraft comes the limits of light, weather, and personal schedules. One of the best benefits of training with a flight simulator is the opportunity to practice whatever time of day and no matter what the weather is doing.
Learn More in Less Time
Studies suggest that an hour of flight simulation training is worth as much as two hours in an airplane. This means you can learn more in a shorter amount of time.
These are just a few of the benefits of simulation in flight training, but 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.