Using Flight SIM For Instrument Rating

Are you an instrument-rated pilot or instrument student? It's possible you already know that an at home flight simulator can greatly improve your technique and training. We’re going to explain a little more about exactly how flight sim can help you achieve great results. 

Flight Simulation - Useful and Cost Effective 

Flight simulators are useful for a variety of reasons whether you are a licensed pilot, a student pilot, a hobbyist, or just a little rusty in technique. Though one huge benefit many clients get out of our products is for training, especially for instrument rating. 

You can fly multiple scenarios that can include different starting and ending points, towered or non-towered airports, the use of SIDs and STARs, and an array of approaches and holds. Practicing scan technique, correcting, and hold entries are also extremely useful with simulators. 

By the time you step foot in the aircraft, you should feel far more prepared to handle the variety of variables in real-world IFR flying. 

One of our clients' most recent IFR check flights was the easiest he has ever done because he already had 80-85 hours of flying time with our flight simulation. He was able to concentrate his training time into a much shorter time period, which also saved him money. 

How Simulation Can Enhance Your IFR Navigation Skills 

Fully understanding the mechanical operations in the aircraft such as the knobs, onboard navigation devices, and the content organizational scheme is extremely important for safe instrument flying. Reading the manual is a good start, but you can get more engaged and work your muscle memory in a flight simulator, which proves to be more effective than just reading the operating manual. 

Get the most out of simulation by working with exercises from the manual or your own flight plan to master basic data entry and content management skills necessary for IFR navigation. 

Flight simulation will provide you with a time-and cost-effective way to learn and practice both the fundamental principles of IFR navigation, approach procedures and master the required mechanical procedures. 

Here are some suggested instrument procedures you can navigate with flight sim before flying the aircraft. 

  • IFR flight plan
  • SIDs and STARs 
  • All instrument approach procedure types 
  • Holding patterns that are randomly assigned or published

Get Familiar With The Airport Layout

Familiarity with the airport environment cannot be left out for its importance in IFR flying. Try flying the final approach and landing with the simulator, and map out any missed approach points to practice. 

Experience The Power Of Flight Simulation

Knowledge is power for your success in instrument rating. Using a flight simulator that is a 1-1 replica of your aircraft is extremely important to establish muscle memory and realness in your flight sim experience. 

We can provide you with exactly that; ask us more about our products and how we can help you: Contact Us

Christian's Story - Private Pilot and Flight Sim User