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It is in obtaining the instrument rating that the sim really shines. There
are numerous advantages to using the sim. These are some of the advantages.
- The sim can be used for 20 hours towards the instrument
rating under Part 61. (FAR 61.65(g)(2), October 2009 amendments)
- The basis of all successful instrument flight is scan, and the sim
is superb for teaching scan.
- Because there is no feedback from external stimuli, such as
aircraft motion, it forces the pilot to really look at the
- Learning an effective instrument scan is the basis of all
successful instrument training. It requires the pilot to learn
a new set of motor skills, and in an airplane it will generally
take 7 to 8 hours before the student has learned scan
sufficiently well to move on in his or her training. For many
students, the sim can somewhat reduce the time required to learn to scan.
- The ability to pause the sim and discuss what the instruments are
really telling you.
- Being able to hit the "freeze" button allows the student the
time and opportunity to reason out what the instruments are
saying without having to contend with flying the plane at the
- The ability to fail an instrument in a realistic manner.
- In a plane the instructor has no recourse other than to cover
an instrument up, which is anything but subtle. The pilot is
instantly alerted to the fact that the covered instrument can
no longer be used.
- But in the sim, how long will it take you to figure out that
your attitude indicator went south ten minutes ago and has
slowly been feeding you bad information?
- Altitude control in a sim is always a challenge. Have you
really gotten that good or is your pitot-static system frozen?
- The ability to instantly reposition the pilot to repeat the exercise.
- Because so much time is spent repositioning a plane for another
approach, it is easily possible to get as much done in a sim in
one-half or one-third the time required in a plane.
- It is a much better and much less expensive teaching environment.
- The sim is much less expensive than the average instrument
trainer and it doesn't use fuel! See a breakdown of the
for the instrument rating.
Many instructors have sent students to the sim for the initial training by an
experienced sim instructor. In this situation, the instructor may decide to wait
until the sim work is finished or fly with the student in parallel with the sim
So when you decide now is the time to obtain that instrument rating,
discuss use of the sim with your instructor. Your training will be good,
and your pocket book will definitely notice