Why Spend Time in Simulator?
The answer is simple, this is where special skills and knowledge are tested and honed and emergencies that you couldn’t possibly train for in a real helicopter can be experienced and successfully handled. Emergency flight procedures are part of the FAA requirements for licensing pilots, but what about after 500 or 1000 thousand hours of flawless flight? Effective emergency procedures are instinctive and habitual, but they must be practiced to remain effective. Pilots can maintain life saving habits and nurture muscle memory in a machine that not only represents true flight, but is also a fraction of the cost. Our simulator costs less and there is no risk to the helicopter or pilot when practicing emergency procedures. Simulator hours count toward limited portions of the FAA requirements for all licenses.
FRASCA HELICOPTER SIMULATOR
The Frasca TruFlite HTM Helicopter FTD is configured to represent a light single piston engine powered helicopter. The panel configuration is similar to that of a Robinson R44. Using Frasca’s developed TruFlite technology, it is possible to change the performance of the simulated aircraft to approximate that of the R22 and R44. Vertical Magazine’s Shawn Coyle states in the July 2009 issue, “let’s hope and pray we get more helicopter simulators for smaller helicopters, as it can only help the health and safety of our community.”
“According to accident figures and popular opinion, simulator training reduces accidents.” “Blending training in judgment skills with simulator training brings together the best of both worlds. The goal of simulator scenario-based training is to further the cockpit resource management skills of the aviators.” Dave Higdon, “Flight Training”
“When I decided to learn to fly helicopters I put together my own Heli Chair and SIM running Microsoft Simulator. It helped me tremendously, but it still wasn’t like the real thing. When I learned that Independent Helicopters was getting their own FAA approved Simulator I was the first on line to give it a try. After my first 30 minute session, I was sold on it! It’s response and performance are just like the real thing. The SIM sessions have increased my flying skills beyond all my expectations. After just 4 hours of actual flight time in the helicopter I am doing full control lift offs, touch downs and hovers. I have decided to do 30 minutes of SIM time before each 1 hour lesson as it gives me time to loosen up and relax before each real flight!”