John and Martha King of King Schools will partner with Redbird Flight Simulations to provide simulator-centered flight training in combination with Cessna’s scenario-based training curriculum at Redbird’s soon-to-be-opened ProFlight Academy flight school and development laboratory at San Marcos Airport (HYI) in Texas.
“Solving the two major problems in general aviation, the student dropout rate and the fatality rate, requires this fundamental change in the way flight training is conducted,” said John King.
“The ProFlight Academy development laboratory will be a Cessna Pilot Center and will utilize a simulator-centric flight training curriculum that integrates knowledge and flight training, together with affordable, full-motion, visual flight simulation,” Martha King commented. “By utilizing Redbird full-motion simulators with +200°, wrap-around visual systems, pilots will be able to practice all VFR private pilot maneuvers right in the simulator. This will make the time in the airplane more efficient since the customer will be simply demonstrating what they have already learned in a practical scenario-based situation.”
“The goal is that by using scenario-based training that makes abnormal situations realistic, we will produce pilots truly ready to be pilot-in-command,’’ added John.
“The combination of Redbird’s sophisticated flight simulation products and Cessna’s new online scenario-based training will provide a very productive and predictable experience for aspiring pilots who are managing busy schedules,” said ProFlight Academy’s General Manager Roger Sharp. “The good news is that all the best-practices discovered will be made available to the entire flight training industry.”
“We fully expect the output of the development laboratory to revolutionize the flight training industry,” concluded Martha.