When you are traveling faster than the speed of sound to say that you need to have quick reflexes is an understatement. But, when it comes to handling an aircraft at optimum level, natural capabilities are not enough. Rather, training becomes a major factor in the equation. That training accounts for a high degree of the experience that a pilot receives. And, with the advent of simulators much of that experience can be obtained while never leaving the ground!
"One of the main reasons we utilize both a Cessna caravan simulator and a king air 200 simulator," Jason Wolcott, Vice President of TURBINE TRAINING in Manhattan, Kansas explained, "is because studies have shown just how advantageous a simulator can be."
The "state of the simulator" is well and doing good to say the very least. In fact, with high-definition graphics and a hydraulic system that can create the sensations of banking and landing, and even of turbulence, they can be used to allow veteran pilots to "experience" various emergency scenarios as well as to train new fliers.
"Perhaps one of the more practical aspects of flight simulator training," Dale Wolcott, TURBINE TRAINING's President offered, "is the cost factor. Compared to the cost of fuel, as well as the wear and tear on the craft, flight simulators are but a fraction of the costs."
All of the experts agree that the more training a pilot has in a variety of conditions, whether in the air or in a flight simulator, the better chance they will have of knowing how to handle an emergency. And, the experts further agree, the fact that airlines require Recurrent Training is part of the reason that their safety record is as good as it is.
(To learn more about this topic check out "Expert pilots process multiple visual cues more efficiently;" "Simulators help pilots of small planes learn safety:' and "Pilots spending more time in virtual air")