There is no questions about it - no one, regardless of what occupation they are in, actually knows how they are going to react to a stressful situation in their job until they actually encounter it. Most people, however, don't make their discovery at 10,000 plus feet, where a wrong decision can result in a nose-dive that creates a fireball when they come to a sudden stop! That, of course, is why FLIGHT SAFETY, SIMULATORS AND KING AIR 200 TRAINING is such an important issue.
"There are, of course, a number of advantages to using a simulator for training," Jason Wolcott, Vice President of TURBINE TRAINING in Manhattan, Kansas, shared. "Which explains," he went on with a smile in his voice, "why we utilize them here at TURBINE TRAINING."
Those advantages include, but are not limited to:
- Simulators do, in fact, produce stress levels similar to an actual event.
- Simulators train pilots how to recover from "upset conditions," such as stalls.
- Today's Simulators are sophisticated to the point that they can "reproduce" aircraft sounds and movements.
- The cost factor is most advantageous, especially with the upward spiral of fuel prices.
"I have heard," Dale Wolcott, TURBINE TRAINING President, offered with a somewhat philosophical tone, "that some individual's Simulator training gets so intense that they actually break out in a sweat!"
The extensiveness of the Simulator's training is noted when one considers that they can "recreate" how an aircraft might behave should a motor quit, as well as show what systems would be affected and how cockpit indicators would react.
"We appreciate the fact," Jason added, " that we can give experience for events that might happen in a simulator that would just be too dangerous to try to recreate while in an actual aircraft in the air."
(To learn more about this topic check out "Flight Simulators Enhance Safety.")