Simulation and virtual reality technology are developing at lightning speed, with the military, entertainment industry and everyday people getting in on the action. The aviation industry has been a keen adopter of simulation and VR right from the beginning, but the quality of devices and accuracy of their replications are better now than they ever have been before.
There are countless advantages to incorporating simulation into your flight training program, which is why we have made simulation a core element of our programs here at Learn to Fly. We’ve put together a list of the top benefits of adding simulation to your flight training, so you can see just how much you can gain by embracing this new era of technology.
1. Cut Training Costs
Aeroplanes require copious amounts of fuel and maintenance to keep them running in good condition, not to mention the insurance that is required to protect you in case of an emergency. By jumping into a flight simulator, you get rid of all of these costs and overheads. You can also reduce the number of airborne lessons you need because you can master your moves on the ground first. This all adds up to some pretty handsome savings to make flight training much more affordable and accessible than it may otherwise have been.
2. Practice Makes Perfect
When you start flight training, you need to learn a wide range of procedures such as climbing, descending, flying straight, turning and stalling. As the size, position and functionality of the instruments in flight simulators are exact replicas of those you would find in the real aircraft, you can learn these procedures before jumping into the real plane. You can also practice on the simulator between lessons to hone your skills. This speeds up your training process significantly as you just need to apply what you’ve learnt when you jump into the real aircraft and can move onto more advanced techniques much faster.
3. Travel the World
Flight simulators can display visuals of a range of real locations and airports from around the world. It would be impossible to practice flying over the Himalayas when you’re based in Moorabbin, but the flight simulator makes this possible. This will keep your training fresh and exciting, whilst also showing you how many amazing experiences are put within your reach when you achieve your pilot licence.
4. Experience Risky Situations
Practising emergency situations is a vital part of your training, but it’s hard to do this in an authentic way when you’re in the air and your well-being could be at risk. Simulation allows you to practice your responses to challenging weather conditions and system failures whilst keeping both you and your instructor safe. This allows you to develop the range of complex risk assessment and management skills you need to be a great pilot.
5. Help the Environment
Our premium aircraft are very fuel-efficient, but they still emit fumes and gases into the atmosphere like other forms of transport. The flight simulator will allow you to reduce your carbon footprint as you can practice for hours on end without emitting any air or noise pollution into the atmosphere. In the era of climate change that we live in, this is a small change that we can all feel good about.
Simulation is the future of flight training but there are so many advantages you can gain from utilising the technology right now. Head to our Simulation page for more information about how we can help you make the most of simulation flight training at Learn To Fly.