Do Loggable Flight Hours Trump Unloggable Learning?

The FAA requires ___ hours of real flight time to become instrument rated. Of the overall hours requires, ____ hours can be completed in a flight simulator.
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“True enough. But why is that? Why do pilots (and especially student pilots, who arguably enter the flight training environment with no preconceived notions at all) equate learning with logging?

Learning can happen anytime, anywhere, using a whole bunch of different tools. The only reason a student or a licensed pilot needs to log sim time in an FAA-approved Aviation Training Device (ATD) is to meet license, rating, and currency requirements.

In fact, with the right intentions, an hour of un-loggable time can be much more useful than an hour of loggable time. Especially when you consider that freeing yourself from the logbook frees you from thinking of the flight simulation as a surrogate airplane that you need to fly from point A to point B. Even the airlines use non-approved Cockpit Procedures Trainers (CPT) for a reason.”



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Basic Flight Simulator Hardware You Can’t Do Without

flight_simulation_hardwareIn order to run a computer-based flight simulator program such as our Private Pilot Course, you need to have the right equipment.

This equipment is necessary to simulate the aircraft’s flight controls, and help you learn in an environment that is reflective of reality.

The specific hardware you need will be particular to your individual learning goals. For those who are new to the flight sim world, here is some basic flight simulator hardware suggestions.

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The Military’s Plan To Increase The Use Of Flight…

Flight_simulatorsBack in September the U.S. Military signed a contract with CAE for over $115 million dollars to continue providing them with flight training devices. In fact, CAE  just delivered the first UH-72a Lakota flight simulator to the Army base in Ft. Rucker, Alabama with another one to be delivered in 2015. This begs the question, why is the military paying so much money for flight simulators?

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8 Freedoms You Have With A Private Pilot License

private_pilotWhen becoming a pilot you have the choice of several different certifications. However, two of the most basic certifications are the recreational license and the private pilot license. While they have many similarities there are several opportunities that a private pilot license will allow for that a recreational license will not.

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Financial Resources For Student Pilots

Snowy Planes (2)Becoming a pilot can be a very expensive endeavor. Since one of our goals at True Course Simulations is to help prepare students for their aviation career, we want to make sure we touch on all aspects of becoming a pilot, and that includes the financial side. We previously posted about several scholarship resources. However, we wanted to give you the following resources to help you be financially savvy so you can become cockpit savvy.

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The First Step to Becoming a Pilot You Can’t…

private_pilotThe aviation world offers a lot of options. You can choose out of many different career paths, make it a dynamic hobby, or both. However, there are rules and requirements for just about everything. The amount of decisions and information can get overwhelming.

As a potential student pilot where do you start? What’s the first step?

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Free Flight Simulator Mission – Lesson 308

tcsims_simmissionOver the past two weeks we have been giving an inside view of our Private Pilot Course. We have shared demos for two sections of the three part lessons. First we gave a view into the briefing, next we shared an example of the videos. Now we’d like to give you an inside pass to see a demo of our flight simulator mission.

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Lesson 308 Video: Go-Around

ENTRYOur Private Pilot Course is a multi-sensory learning environment that centers on flight simulation.
What do I mean by that?
The course uses a game (Lockheed-Martin’s Prepar3d)  to create a virtual world where the student is fully engaged while flight training.

The process is simple:

1.Read it,

2. Watch it,

3. Do it.

Last week I shared the flight briefing demo for lesson 208 (read it).
This week I want to share the video for the “watch it” segment of the lesson.

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[Free Demo] Lesson 308 Go-Around Briefing

It is always important to be fully prepared for a flight. Part of this necessary preparation is a briefing. These briefings equip the pilot, copilot, and crew members  with the information about the flight according to their respective positions. Pilots are briefed  on aspects that include the  flight route, weather, aircraft condition, and any other necessary details. The goal is to be ready for normal and abnormal circumstances should they arise. A briefing will be done during the preflight, before the descent, and before the approach and go-around when the workload is less intense.

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Complete Flight Training Without Getting Into Debt

hannahSo you decided to become a pilot – what now? You need to find the right school, and pay for it. It sounds simple, but sometimes proves harder than it seems, especially when it comes to finances. Money can be hard to come by, and the idea of having to go into debt to fulfill your career dreams is never appealing, but is often the only option.

However, student loans are not the only way to pay for your training. There are other options.  Here are a few ideas and resources to help you graduate as a debt-free pilot.

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