Next Level Flying
This will likely be one of, if not the, most challenging stage of your pilot training. It will also be the most rewarding. In order to stay ahead of the plane and compliant with ATC in bad weather, you will need to focus your mind and hone your skills to the professional level. And, in fact, the instrument rating is often the next logical step after the private for those seeking a career in aviation. Upon completing your training you will be able take longer cross countries with a larger toolkit available to you in case weather goes south. More importantly, you will have the knowledge to know when conditions exceed your abilities. As they say, “It’s always better to be on the ground wishing you were in the air, than in the air, wishing you were on the ground.”
The Simulator’s Role in Instrument Training
To take your piloting skills to the next level, ground and simulator training are extremely helpful, if not imperative, as a supplement. Using the time tested method of introducing new material on the ground, then working through the procedures in the simulator will help you be better equipped when you take your new skills to the airplane. This approach will save you time, money and a lot of frustration, making the time spent flying the airplane much more enjoyable.
Our DCX Max full motion simulator is an Advanced Aviation Training Device (AATD), which means that you can use up to 20 hours of training in the simulator towards the 40 hour simulated instrument requirement. Unlike in the airplane, the instructor can customize the weather and flight area for your needs and can set you up for multiple approaches one after the other, instead of having to go through the whole process of flying a missed approach. The simulator is also available if you wish to come in without an instructor to really polish your instrument scan, approaches, etc.
We pride ourselves on our experienced instrument instructors, all of whom have years of experience. Please call us or stop by the office. Then we can take a look at your logbook to help you plan a path ahead for your training.
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