What are the benefits of simulation in flight training?

Learning to fly does not necessarily mean leaving the ground. Today’s flight simulators are highly realistic and mimic real aircraft in look and feel with devices ranging from full-motion simulators to smartphone apps. With so many opportunities to learn, practice, and strengthen flying skills safely and economically, flight simulation tools are growing ever more popular within flight schools around the world. Today we explore the benefits of simulation in flight training…

Mitigate risk

One of the most significant benefits of using flight simulation is the ability to practice handling in-flight emergencies and risky situations without the threat of any true danger. Many emergency situations are dangerous or impossible to safely replicate in an actual aircraft, mostly limiting students to touch-drills. In the simulator the emergency scenario can be initiated and the complete procedure can be followed without risking the aircraft or crew. In simulated flight, instructors have the freedom to let students make mistakes that would otherwise have disastrous consequences in actual flight leading to far more effective flight training. Using simulation to practice identifying, assessing, and mitigating risk will help you learn how to avoid dangerous situations in the first place. Overall, flight simulation is a valuable way to practice dealing with emergency procedures in a low-stress environment.


Enhance training

Student pilots use simulators to enhance their flying lessons, learning attitude flying and the use of basic radio navigation equipment like the VOR and ADF, and later on learning instrument flying towards obtaining their night- and -instrument ratings. Experienced pilots can benefit from simulation training too. Today’s modern flight simulators offer customized options to augment training for different types of aircraft and ratings. Here at Simuflight, we provide training on various Type specific SACAA certified FNPT II simulators.


Maintain proficiency

Simulators are a cost-effective way of maintaining a high level of proficiency to strengthen your skills and reduce safety risks. It’s a good idea to practice routine and rarely-used skills like night- and -instrument flying to ensure proficiency when the time comes. With simulator training, atmospheric conditions, aircraft mass and other variables can be altered to create realistic scenarios tailored to your specific goals.


Practice ATC communication

Learning the fundamentals of radio communication can be intimidating for student pilots, and even veteran pilots may sometimes struggle to keep up with the fast pace of ATC communication. Luckily, there are many simulation options available to help pilots practice proper radio technique and master the ATC communication skills needed for safe flying.


You can train at any time

Flight training is generally limited by light and prevailing weather conditions. However, one of the benefits of simulation in flight training is the opportunity to practice at any time of day regardless of the weather conditions.


You can learn more in less time

One study suggests that an hour of flight simulation training is worth as much as two hours in an airplane. Situations where the hobbs are running during a long taxi, or being placed in a hold due to a busy traffic pattern can result in one instrument procedure being completed in over an hour. Simulator training sessions are constructed to make the most out of every second.


Whether using simulation to maintain proficiency, practice emergency procedures or learning to fly a type-specified aircraft, it’s the perfect tool for pilots of all experience levels. Flight simulation is an effective and affordable way to become an overall better pilot without leaving the ground.