"What people can't imagine," Jason Wolcott, Vice President of TURBINE TRAINING in Manhattan, Kansas, pointed out, "is how much money can be saved through the use of Flight Simulators."
On a broad scope, savings is only one of the major aspects of using Flight Simulators. But, it truly is a major part. For example, the Turkish Government recently released information that shows that they saved in the neighborhood of $80 million dollars in the year since they installed their flight simulators for the training of military pilots. They approximate that a total of 30,000 hours of actual flight time was converted to Flight Simulation hours, thus accounting for such grandiose saving numbers.
"Our own military is saving a ton of money, too," Dale Wolcott, TURBINE TRAINING's President, pointed out.
To give you some idea how much, Marine pilots being trained at Air Station Beaufort have four Flight Simulators at their disposal, where they save nearly $10,000 per hour when utilizing the Simulators as opposed to having actual "in air" flights.
"As you can imagine," Jason added, "another major advantage of using Flight Simulators is the fact that pilots in training can face emergency type scenarios without putting either themselves or their crafts in real jeopardy."
For the Marine pilots, an especially important part of their training is being able to practice landings and take-offs from an aircraft carrier without actually needing an aircraft carrier. Too, they give pilots an edge in combat, as all of their training doesn't have to occur in the air.
(To learn more about this topic check out “Simulator Training and Pilot Readiness,” “ Turkey and Flight Simulators”, and “Pilot Training Network.”)