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Features February 2017 Issue

The IFR Simulation Challenge

Keep corrections small and “away” from the needle on this back course approach. At only 89 knots groundspeed (DME readout), 700 fpm down is a tad aggressive.

The IFR Simulation Challenge

If you like the idea of using simulation for proficiency but can’t decide where to start, here’s a flight challenge made just for you. Now, what are you waiting for?

A friend of mine used to work in customer support for a simulator manufacturer. He told me the most common customer support question was: “OK, I’m sitting at the end of the runway. Now what?” Imagine a pilot in the real world pondering an equivalent question. There you are sitting at the end of the runway, engine running, and thinking, “Hmm. What should I do with this airplane?” Yet that’s the abyss many folks face—and turn their backs on—when trying to use a simulator for proficiency.

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