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Every pilot hopes that they will never have to declare “Pan, Pan” on their radio and pray that they will never have to proclaim “May Day!” The difference, of course, is that “Pan, Pan” alludes to the fact that there is an urgency on board, while “May Day” denotes that the problem is actually an emergency.”
I once was privy to a discussion where the value of target practice was being debated. The crux of the situation was that too much target practice would actually have adverse effects on a hunter when they encountered live game. The “counter” to that argument was that the more practice you have the more familiar you become with your gun, sights, trigger pull and so forth. As you can imagine, those supporting the latter point did a lot of target practice and those in favor of the former did virtually none! This becomes germane when you consider the following question: Can someone become a competent, confident pilot by only training on a simulator?
When it comes to aviation the scope of “Simulator Use” is growing virtually exponentially. In fact, Simulator Use is now even a major part of aircraft Research & Development. For example, in June of 2015 professional pilots used Simulators in judging the annual IT FLIES competition at SWANSEA UNIVIERSITY’S College of Engineering in Swansea, Wales. Student competitors from the United Kingdom and the United States had their Aircraft Designs tested by a professional test pilot utilizing a MARLIN MP521 Flight Simulator. And, while you may not feel that you need to be too concerned about Aircraft Design, you might be more interested in AIRSTRIKE SIMULATORS, FlightSafety SIMULATORS AND CESSNA 208 TRAINING.
Continuing with our “High Tech” theme, one of the latest things to be developed for pilots cines from ELBIT SYSTEMS, an Israeli defense electronics firm. Known as “Canary,” the system forewarns pilots of possible loss of consciousness due to oxygen starvation or during extreme maneuvers. Pilot health concerns is important enough, even for General Aviation, that every pilot should be aware of CANARIES, PILOT HEALTH, AND CESSNA 208 TRAINING.
“There is no doubt that if you are going to fly you need to be aware of your own physical condition,” Dale Wolcott, President of TURBINE TRAINING in Manhattan, Kansas pointed out. “After all,” he continued, “when you are flying your health affects more than just you.”
It is blatantly obvious that Flight Training and “High Tech” are going to face the future hand in hand. Perhaps one of the best examples of this is the fact that a new Flight Simulator has been created that features Pro Line Fusion Avionics and King Air Training.
“This combines both the concept of training via a Flight Simulator,” Dale Wolcott, President of TURBINE TRAINING in Manhattan, Kansas, shared “and some cutting edge technology.”
"He flies through the air
With the greatest of ease
The daring young man
On the Flying Trapeze!"
For decades those Americans who wanted to fly got their inspiration from circus performers like the one described above. In modern day parlance those would be members of the GI Generation and the Mature/Silents. Then came the Baby Boomers, and thoughts of flying centered around CESSNAs and PIPERs. The challenge today, however, is trying to get members of Generation Y, those born between 1981 and 2000, interested in flying. And, as a result, AVIATION CAMP, GENERAL AVIATION AND CESSNA 208 TRAINING is something all pilots should be aware of and concerned about!
If Wilbur and Orville were to walk onto the tarmac featuring today’s planes of the future they would, undoubtedly, be amazed to the point of awe struck. From propulsion to design, the craft of the immediate future have little similarity to those of the distant past. That’s why if you intend to be flying for the next thirty years or so you will want to make sure you start reading up on ELECTRIC PLANES, BLENDED WINGS AND KING AIR 300 TRAINING!