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Features November 2014 Issue

How to use a Simulator

Practicing a failed vacuum system in a sim is far more realistic than slapping covers over the gyros and declaring them dead in the airplane.

How to use a Simulator

Any given flight lesson can be conducted in a sim the same way you would in the real airplane, right? Yes, but thatís like using a hammer to put in a screw. Thereís a better way.

When we started our sim-training business, we thought our strongest selling point would be logging cheaper time, such as the 20 hours of the instrument ticketís required 40. We were wrong. The sim is a more efficient pilot training environment and shouldnít be seen as a replacement for the airplane. Time logged is a nice bonus, but the real value is the learning efficiency and effectiveness. Once pilots and CFIs understand this, the training opportunities are vastly expanded.

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