The sessions will focus solely on 11 VFR and IFR scenarios in a Redbird MCX motion simulator, which is a full-motion Aviation Training Device with dual controls and wrap-around visuals in a fully enclosed cockpit.
“These Pilot Proficiency Project sessions let pilots experience the effectiveness of flight simulation in maintaining proficiency,” said SAFE Executive Director Doug Stewart. “Many pilots are not flying as much now because of the high cost of fuel, and thus losing their proficiency. Flight simulation offers a cost-effective, alternative means of maintaining proficiency.”
The Redbird simulator will be available from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day, Monday through Saturday. Pre-registration is required and will be first-come, first-served at the SAFE exhibit tent, space 35 on James Ray Boulevard near College Park. Ten 30-minute simulator sessions will be available each day.
SAFE is a non-profit, member-run professional organization for flight instructors and aviation educators. Among its nearly 1,000 members are some of the top-rated instructors in the nation. It offers networking, resources and more for flight instructors, public and private school teachers, higher education academicians and other aerospace professionals.
Redbird Flight Simulations, founded in 2006, has made realistic simulated flight more accessible to general aviation. There are more than 800 units in service world-wide, according to company officials.