Announcing: Red Bird Flight Training Device

02/15/2010 — Announcing: Red Bird Flight Training DeviceWhat: 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.
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Why: Simulators save time, money, and are safer then a airplane for flight training. How: 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?
  • Normal flight training in an airplane is very inefficient. For example if you are having trouble with the flare you have to do a walk around, start up, run up, take off, fly a 6 minute circuit for EACH 15 second flare and touch down practice the student needs. In a sim all you have to do is setup the airplane up on a 1/4 mile final, fly the approach and landing and reset back to 1/4 mile, again and again until you get it. Same thing with steep turns, stalls, spins, (no commute to the practice area) This alone saves MASSIVE amounts of time and cost. Similar to "Batting practice" trying the exercise again and again quickly to get the skill level up.
  • 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 2.5 of the PPL instrument requirement, CPL 10 hours, and the Instrument rating 20 hours. Logging time doesn't mean it's useful. The better question 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 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