For the longest time there were several sets of statistics that pretty much ran the course:
- High School Drop Out Rate
- Divorce Rate
- Tax Fraud Rate
- Crashes due to Pilot Error Rate
“From what I can tell,” Dale Wolcott, President of TURBINE TRAINING in Manhattan, Kansas, shared, “the first three are pretty much still holding steady. However,” he continued, “that last one has been decreasing quite considerably over the past two decades or so.”
Dale is right, and the reason pretty much points to one salient point: In the late 1980s realistic Flight Simulators were finally introduced to the aviation world.
"What we have found" Jason Wolcott, TURBINE TRAINING'S Vice President, explained, "is that the best way to learn is from experience, and the simulator allows us to put pilots into situations where they can make mistakes with no harm to life or limb - - or craft, for that matter."
TURBINE TRAINING can provide a pilot with experience both on a cessna caravan simulator and/or a king air 200 simulator. What the Wolcotts have found, as have many other training centers - - including the military - - is that you get to learn about how to handle virtually every kind of scenario with more than just "book learning," but with actual hands-on experience when using a simulator.
"I know it may sound rather strange," Dale interjected, "but we actually want pilots to make mistakes during the simulator training, because we then can instruct them on what they did incorrectly, thus allowing them to learn what they need to do differently should they ever encounter that same situation again."
To learn more about this topic go to:
- Simulators Help Small-Plane Pilots Learn Safety
- Flight Simulation – PilotMall.com
- Simulators — DestinationsEFC
Published February 10, 2015