Four Ways Simulations Revolutionized Aviation Training

Learning to fly an airplane is a significant undertaking, and the introduction of simulation technology has revolutionized the process.

Fremont, CA: From the military to commercial flying, flight simulation training has advanced to the point where it is inconceivable to conceive aviation instruction in any genre without it. The advancements in simulated aviation training have yielded numerous significant benefits. In comparison to an actual cockpit, a simulator is a far better learning environment. Simulation training does not result in the loss of life or machinery.

Here are four ways simulations improve aviation training:

  • Basic comfort. Although it may not appear to be a significant concern, the simulated environment's controlled temperature and humidity are more conducive to learning. A learner who isn't distracted by a hot or cold environment can concentrate on their work. Again, these are distractions that must be dealt with eventually, but they do not need to be an issue while the fundamentals are being acquired.
  • Reduced noise. The lower noise level allows the instructor and student to interact more effectively and enable the learner to focus on the critical skills they need to master. Though aspiring pilots will have to learn to deal with noise distractions when flying a plane, it's advantageous to have as much knowledge as possible under their belts before getting to that stage.
  • Immediate feedback. A simulation can be interrupted at any time, even in the middle of a movement, for more training. This allows the instructor to address a problem right away and provide instant feedback. In a short period of time, a lesson can be repeated as many times as necessary.
  • Time factor. A simulation eliminates the need to start and warm up an actual plane or fly to a specific training location. It is also not affected by the weather. When these other factors are removed from the equation, the training can be completed in a shorter time. In reality, one hour spent in an aviation simulator is equivalent to two or more hours of real-world flight training.

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