Come use the GBA simulator!
Learning to fly doesn’t just involve leaving the ground; have you ever considered the benefits of simulation in flight training? Especially on these no-fly days, the use of the simulator is a way to continue to progress with your flight training.
Reasons to use a simulator include:
It’s safer- Clearly, the closer you are to the ground, the safer you are! One of the primary benefits of simulation in flight training is the safety aspect. And it’s not just for beginners; flight simulators can help more experienced pilots practice emergency procedures or unusual situations from the safety of the ground.
You can try things more than once - If things don’t go to plan on the flight simulator, the end result is far better than when things don’t go to plan in a real airplane. Flight simulation means you can have another go to hone your technique, without worrying about the consequences.
It recreates tricky conditions - As you know, your flying technique needs to adapt to the weather conditions – whether it involves rain, snow, wind or ice. Similarly, different types of terrain will also need different reactions from the pilot. Rather than waiting for these weather conditions to occur, or rather than flying to areas with tricky terrain, we can recreate these far more efficiently with flight simulation – giving you plenty of opportunities to practice in the process. We can even recreate in-flight failures (Richard is pro at this), giving you the chance to learn how to deal with these types of situation in a safe and consequence-free environment.
You can train at any time - Flight training in an airplane generally comes with the limits of light and weather. We have been experiencing this for a couple weeks now. However, one of the benefits of simulation in flight training is the opportunity to practice whatever time of day (within reason) and regardless of what the weather’s doing outside.
You can practice until you’re confident - Flight simulation training gives you the opportunity to practice a scenario over and over until you’re fully confident. You control time in the simulator. This makes you even safer when you get in the cockpit. In fact, if you practice enough, it’ll just be second nature to you once you’re in the aircraft!
Learn to use new avionics – While the G1000 certainly looks cool, it can also be a bit intimidating. Too many buttons and dials, and it is NOT a touchscreen like the G375 and G625. Learn to use the PFD and MFD like a pro while on the ground then test your skills in the aircraft.
These are just a few of the benefits of simulation in flight training, so it’s easy to see why the process can be so useful for trainee pilots. All GBA instructors are checked out to teach on the RedBird TD2. Don’t let your skills get rusty on these smokey days. Book at CFI/CFII and the simulator just like you would an aircraft. Give the office a call if you need any assistance.
All posts are either written by Great Basin Aviation's owners Denny Prins and Jenn Fonda, or shared articles from other aviation sites. Source will be referenced in post.