Red Bird Flight Training Device

Red Bird Flight Training Device

Red Bird Flight Training Device

Red Bird FMX Full motion flight training device. This is the first flight training device that combines full motion, control loading, worldwide terrain database, and more then 200 degree visual system into a package that is cost effective for initial flight training. This is new technology that has the potential to change the way flight training is carried out.

Simulators save time, money, and are safer then an airplane for flight training.


This is also a excellent VFR simulator. A VFR simulator has to be more realistic then a 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 a IFR trainer and be capable of simulating legacy instrument panels and the future with G430/530, G500/G600G1000 instrumentation. It is also approved for doing instrument rating renewals.

Why a use a simulator?

  • The simulator allows for quickly repeating the practice of exercises that a student is having difficulty with. The simulator can be reset to begin just prior to the point of difficulty, thus eliminating the time it would take to get to the same point in the air.  It also allows for practical initial training on the flight instruments, even for Private training, because of the function to pause the simulator and discuss what is happening
  • The simulator can be scheduled no matter the weather
  • Almost no mechanical issues, stable rates (no fuel and insurance issues) and no aggravating navcanada excuses
  • The simulator can be 'paused' in the middle of a critical exercise to aid learning and understanding
  • Many more exercises can be carried out in a shorter time since the instructor can fast forward or relocate the 'aircraft' in seconds.
  • You can learn lessons you 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! Scenarios based on real life that will challenge you. You can practice the dangerous exercises you would not want to do in real life.

Can you log it?
Yes 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 3 hours of the PPL instrument requirement, for the CPL, 10 hours, and the Instrument rating 20 hours. Logging time doesn't mean it's useful. The better question is is it "good training"?  If you can be safer, better prepared, and organized for the lesson in the airplane you will get more out of the lesson in the airplane. Thus making you a better pilot for less cost, time, and effort. There are several studies going on right now about crediting of time toward the PPL and 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 can we do with the sim?

  • Instrument Rating Renewal training/flight test 
  • Orientation training Radio procedure
  • English Aviation Fluency training
  • PPL air exercises
  • CPL air exercises
  • Instrument procedures
  • Night Navigation
  • Day Navigation above 5000 feet enroute 
  • Mountain training
  • Garmin 1000, Garmin 430/530, GNS
  • Loss of Control and recovery exercises
  • Unusual Altitude recovery
  • GPS checkouts
  • Instrument rating renewal rides
  • Route checkouts