We are a family business.
Bob has been flying since 1969. He is very passionate about flying.
He is a retired American Airlines Captain and has been a flight instructor since 1982. He is a CFI/I, SEL and MEL.
We built a RV/7A with full IFR capability and enjoyed flying over our beautiful Pacific Northwest area with it.
Our mission is to bring airline quality training to general aviation pilots using a full motion (6DOF) simulator.
Flight simulators have become the standard for pilot pre-qualification and recurrent training in commercial and high performance aircraft requiring type-ratings. Airlines and Corporate Flight departments use simulators to train their pilots and co-pilots in various aircraft types, plus maintain their proficiency in a much safer environment which is more conducive to learning.
General Aviation pilots can now become much more proficient in their skills, at significantly lower cost, due to the advances in more cost affordable and realistic full motion simulators.
Key to safety in aviation is a proven combination of attitude, proficiency, and judgment. Developing or retaining proficiency in flight is inefficient in most cases compared to time and cost with simulators.
IFR pilots need to gain practical experience and exercise judgment while training for their Instrument Rating. A high quality simulator provides a better opportunity to train or retain proficiency in normal and abnormal conditions in a given time than actual flight. However, it is absolutely necessary to conduct flights in IMC (Instrument Meteorological Conditions) to gain practical experience. The combination of simulation flight and practical flight produces better and safer pilots.
Living in the Pacific Northwest using a realistic flight simulator to develop and maintain Instrument Rating proficiency, is far more efficient than waiting for the appropriate weather to go flying.
VFR pilots a can gain valuable experience in a quality simulator which provides realistic cockpit display and functions, plus high definition windscreen display. Examples are:
Flight into unfamiliar airports (e.g. Aspen CO, Santa Monica, CA, Oshkosh, WI, etc.). Being able to preplan a trip using VOR and/or GPS navigation into unfamiliar airports, and being able to see what the local terrain and obstructions are like before flying in is a huge safety advantage.
Flight into high density areas, utilizing both the benefit of ATC flight following, navigation and visual effects better prepares a pilot for safe operations (e.g. Los Angeles or San Francisco area).
Night time flight into and out of unfamiliar airports. Night flights in areas away from major urban lights are really IMC (no visible horizon).
Proficiency training for unplanned encounter into IMC can save lives. VFR into IMC is one of the two major causes of fatal crashes (remember JFK Jr’s flight).
With Bob’s experience as an airline captain (American Airlines), check pilot, flight instructor, simulator instructor, and general aviation owner and pilot (Bob has owned several GA airplanes with full IFR capabilities), he saw the need for a good simulator and procured the equipment he thought best for General Aviation use.
Simulation Flight has a state-of-the-art full motion, FAA approved AATD Simulator, which can be used to enhance training and skills for both IFR and VFR pilots, and provide IFR currency and proficiency at a fraction of the cost of training in an airplane. The simulator can be configured as Cessna, Piper, and Beechcraft airplane, either in the single engine or multi engine version. The Sim can also be configured as a Mooney, King Air, PC12 and Cessna Caravan. Interactive ATC communication is another feature.
Contact Bob or Eugenia Collins at Simulation Flight for more information: 425 374.1954 www.simulationflight.com