Q: Why should I train in a flight Simulator?

A: Using a simulator saves time and the expense of renting the aircraft. Pilots can practice procedures and maneuvers much more efficiently than in the real airplane. You can gain experience in a variety of weather conditions and environments like night and mountain operations. You can find out what it’s like to fly all over the United States instead of just the local area. Practice all emergency procedures with greater realism that cannot be duplicated in the airplane. Maintain currency and training schedules regardless of weather conditions in a safe, controlled atmosphere. Flying the simulator is both challenging and fun!

Q: Can I log time in the Simulator?

A: Yes. Under Part 61 of the regulations you can log:

  • 2.5 Hours toward the private certificate
  • 10 Hours toward the instrument rating. (This rule is being amended to 20 hours soon)
  • 25  Hours toward an Airline Transport Pilot certificate
  • 50 Hours toward the Commercial certificate

Other uses:

  • All time used to maintain 6 month IFR currency, see Part 61
  • An Instrument proficiency check, except circle to land and Takeoffs & Landings.
  • All time credited toward any of these requirements must be with an instructor to count.

Q: Is it FAA approved?

A: Yes, if the aircraft is listed in our database. There are over 40 different models to choose from covering most popular general aviation aircraft.

Q: Can I use the Simulator to satisfy my annual recurrent training required by my insurance company?

A: Yes, if your insurance carrier approves the training.

Q: Can I fly the Simulator solo?

A: Yes if you have completed a checkout on the equipment. Training time solo has benefits beyond what is legally required for either a Certificate or for proficiency, but in order to apply time towards requirements, an instructor must be present.

Q: Does it fly like a real airplane?

A: The DCX MAX simulator uses “Dynamic control loading” which means that the control forces change with changes in airspeed and configuration.  This gives you the “feel” of the airplane much more than other simulators. No simulator produces G forces because they don’t really move, they pitch, yaw and roll correctly which combined with both the motion and visual displays produce the fidelity which is like the actual aircraft.

Q: How old do you have to be to fly the Simulator?

A: There really are no age limitations. Even a young child can have fun flying the simulator! We recommend that children be 10 years old but it’s more a matter of height to reach the controls. This is a really fun way to introduce young people to flying.

Q: Do you have to be a pilot or have flight experience to fly the Simulator?

A: Absolutely not. The simulator is a “Flying Classroom”, so whether you have never been at the controls or are an old pro, we offer something for everyone.