Simulators are used during most flight courses. Lessons will vary between simulator flights and flights in the aircraft; however, the majority will be done in the actual aircraft. They are beneficial by cutting out taxiing time and other ground operations. They are useful for learning procedures and sharpening maneuvers.
Aerosim-Mechtronix Advanced Aircraft Training Device (AATD)
The AATD us a level 3 stationary flight training device equipped with the necessary flight controls to simulate flight around the three axis of an airplane. It features engine instruments and controls necessary for operating a Technically Advanced, single engine Airplane (TAA). The avionics are identical and the cockpit configuration is similar to the Cirrus SR-20. All of the required equipment for VFR and IFR flight as per 14 CFR 91.205 (b) and (d) is provided or simulated.
Frasca 142 Flight Training Device (FTD)
The Frasca 142 is approved for use as level 1 Flight Training Device. It’s an enclosed stationary trainer equipped with the necessary flight controls to simulate flight around the three axis of an airplane. The 142 is equipped with the basic engine instruments and controls necessary for operating a complex, single or multi-engine airplane. All of the required equipment for VFR and IFR flight as per 14 CFR 91.205 (b) and (d) are provided or simulated.
Aerosim Advanced System Trainer (AST)
The AST is Computer Based Training (CBT) program that emulates various configurations of Cirrus aircraft avionics packages. The software provides step-by-step guided lessons integrated with simulation to create a fully interactive training environment. It is ideal to familiarize new students to the avionics suite in the Cirrus aircraft. The AST is available to students free of charge during all hours of operations.