Why Flight Simulators?


Simulators save time, money, and are safer then a airplane for flight training. For Flying Schools, they save you wear and tear on your aircraft, reduce down time and save on fuel, insurance premiums and maintainance costs.


The Redbird LD is also an excellent VFR simulator.  A VFR simulator has to be more realistic than an IFR simulator because VFR flying is by feel and visual clues.


Simulators are well proven for IFR.

This device will do an excellent job as an IFR trainer and be capable of simulating legacy instrument panels and the future with G430/530, G500/G600/G1000 instrumentation.

It is also approved for doing instrument rating renewals.


Why a use a simulator?

  1. Normal flight training in an airplane is very inefficient.  For example: if you are having trouble teaching your student the flare, you have to do a walk around, start up, run up, take off, fly a 6 minute circuit for EACH 15 second flare and touch down practice the student needs to sharpen their skills.  In a sim, all you have to do is set the airplane up on a 1/4 mile final, fly the approach and landing and reset back to a 1/4 mile final again, repeating again and again until the student gets it. Same thing with steep turns, stalls, spins, etc. (no commute to the practice area) This alone saves MASSIVE amounts of time and cost. This is similar to going to a driving range to practice your golf swing; trying the exercise again and again quickly, to get the skill level up.
  2. The simulator can be scheduled no matter what the weather is outside. Almost no mechanical issues, stable rates (no fuel and insurance issues).  Flying Schools don’t earn money when their training fleets are grounded.
  3. The simulator can be ‘paused’ in the middle of a critical exercise to aid learning and understanding.
  4. Many more exercises can be carried out in shorter time since the instructor can fast forward or relocate the ‘aircraft’ in seconds.
  5. Students can learn lessons they don’t want to learn in the real airplane.  How much cross wind can you handle? Engine failures at night? Are you noticing the oil pressure dropping? Crank it into the sim and find out!
  6. Scenarios based on real life that will challenge your students. You can practice the dangerous exercises you would not want to do in real life.

Can you log it?

redbird_insideYes you can log it, but can you log it as airplane time? No.
No simulator can be logged as airplane time. Not even the fancy airline level D simulators. Toward a licence, you can count 5 hours of the PPL requirement, CPL 10 hours, and the Instrument rating 20 hours.

Logging time doesn’t mean it’s useful. The better question: is it“good training”? If your students can be safer, better prepared, and organized for the lesson in the airplane by using the simulator first, then they will get more out of the actual lesson in the airplane. Thus making them better pilots for less cost, time, and effort.

There are several studies going on right now about crediting of time toward the PPL, CPL on a sim, but really it doesn’t matter, because so many students go beyond the minimum time required for a licence. Can we get the total hours down toward the licence using a flight simulator? Certainly we can!


What exercises can I use the Simulator for?

  • Instrument Rating Renewal training.
  • Orientation training
  • Radio procedure , English Aviation Fluency training
  • PPL air exercises
  • CPL air exercises
  • instrument procedures
  • Night Navigation
  • Day Navigation
  • Mountain training
  • Garmin 1000
  • Garmin 430/530 GNS
  • Loss of Control and recovery exercises
  • Unusual Altitude recovery
  • GPS checkouts
  • Instrument rating renewal rides
  • Multi Engine training
  • Complex Aircraft training
  • Emergency Procedures training
  • Route checkouts



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