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?
“There is no doubt about it,” Dale Wolcott, president of TURBINE TRAINING in Manhattan, Kansas shared, “there is a great deal that can be taught, and learned, through the use of a Flight Simulator.”
Those things include, but are not limited to:
- Hydraulic/Brake Malfunctions
- Blown Tires
- Engine Failures/Fires
- Crosswind Landings
- Comm & Nav Radio Breakdowns
“There are a couple of things that a Flight Simulator can’t provide you experience with,” Jason Wolcott, TURBINE TRAINING’s Vice President pointed out, “including High-Altitude Flight Physiology and High-Altitude Meteorology.”
The latter one has several especially interesting aspects, most notably dealing with Jet Streams. Knowing how to respond to Jet Streams, or even knowing the difference between Subtropical Jet Streams and Polar Jet Streams is valuable information that cannot be gleaned via a Flight Simulator.
Published October 13, 2015