FAQ – PPL

Private Pilot Course

General 

How much does it cost?

The cost for the course is $550. However, you will need to purchase Prepar3D separately.
For a more realistic training, you should also purchase a yoke and a set of rudder pedals ($300 USD) as it is almost impossible to do a sideslip with a joystick…

Why Prepared Version 1 and not 2 of FSX?

We started building this course in 2013 when the only available option was Prepare3D version 1.
We are currently working on a version for FSX Steam and we do not yet have a time frame for completion.
As for P3D V2, we have not yet decided on the best course of action to convert the 60 missions.

Why should I choose this pilot training course?

The current problem in flight training is that the ground school is not very dynamic as it is mainly designed to pass the written knowledge test.
An airplane is also a difficult learning environment as it is a noisy, uncomfortable, stressful and expensive place to learn.
That is why we created a system of interactive structured learning activities to fill the gap between the ground school and the flight activities.
This course allows the student to fully prepare before a flight activity. When the student is prepared, more learning happens in the airplane.
More learning in the aircraft means less flight time and that reduces the cost and duration of getting your wings.

How realistic is the program?

The lessons require you to fly the aircraft within FAA pilot training standards, creating a level of professionalism that is unheard of in a simulated flight-training environment.
We do not expect you to succeed every mission on the first try. Just the opposite, as you are allowed to fail and try again until you have mastered the skill.

What is the recommended age to use this program?

This program is suitable for any age. We have students that are in High School and some that are well over 50…
The very best way to become a pilot is to start young, so we recommend starting at high school (ages 14-17) as this gives you time to prepare for the Private Pilot’s License where you must be at least 16 years old.

What flight schools or universities are already using this program?

Students at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – Prescott, one of the top aviation schools in the world are using our program.

Can I demo the program?

You can visit http://courses.tcsims.com/freelesson to have full access to one of the lessons.
Also, visit our Youtube channel to look at the free demo videos.

Which airport(s) does the program operate in?

We have airports all over the world; for example, we have mission lessons for soft field takeoff/landings at Ameland Airport, Netherlands and short field takeoff/landing at Tateyama Aiport, Chiba, Japan.
Our home base is in Ernest A. Love Field in Prescott, Arizona, United States.

Who builds the pilot training courses?

The team who built the flight lessons consists of Raynald Bédard, Brian Wiesner, Stanley Westerman, Wang To (Benson) Hui, Cameron Forsberg, Justin Baird and Hannah Burright.
Their experience ranges from aviation professor to flight instructors and flight students.

Can I get support when I have a question?

Absolutely, we are always eager to help. Please contact us.

What kind of payment do you accept?

We accept most credit cards through PayPal.

Can I get a refund?

We have a 15-day refund policy if you are not satisfied with our product, contact us and we will refund your purchase.

IFR Ground School

Who designed the IFR Ground School?

It was designed by Matt Golden who was the 2007 Arizona Flight Instructor of the Year while he was a flight instructor at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, AZ.

A320 Pilot Course 


Technical

Private Pilot Course

Can I install the program on more than one computer?

The briefings and videos are available on the courses website which can be accessible on any computer by logging in.
However, the license for Prepar3D (P3D) is only compatible for one computer therefore you must do the simulations on the computer that has P3D installed.

Can I install the program on a Mac?

Unfortunately, Prepar3D is only compatible on Microsoft Windows operating systems and is not able to run directly on an Apple device unless you configure it to run Windows.

Check this link:

Bootcamp

What are the minimum system requirements to run the program?

Our software is very “light” and does not require a very powerful computer.
However, Prepar3D has a specific set of minimum requirements you will need to meet to have a smooth flight simulation experience.

Check your system specifications: Prepar3D v1.4 System Requirements.

Which version of Prepar3d do I need to buy?

We designed this course to be used with Prepar3d Version 1.
It is not compatible with Version 2.

What type of yoke and rudder pedals do you recommend to use?

While you can fly the missions with a joystick, we strongly recommend you invest in a yoke and a set of rudder pedals:

Yoke – CH Flight Sim Yoke

Rudder Pedals – Saitek Pro Flight Cessna Rudder Pedals

An optional item that will enhance your training: TrackIR

Click here to watch a video on TrackIR

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