Invest in Flight or Aircraft Specific Simulator Systems
The role of flight simulators no doubt rests heavily on the advances made in the field of computer technology and mechanics. The cost of simulation hardware has gone down from what it used to be, and the performance ratio has improved, making simulators a tempting piece of machinery to have in your flight training institute.
The lack of research and innovation and the future of simulators
Though flight simulators are heavily endorsed by both civil and military pilots, there is a lack of proper and in depth research on the effectiveness of flight simulators which stems and constrains innovations in this direction. The lack of any published literature makes it harder to develop simulators that can be designed for learning. The aim of all flight simulators right now is to train the pilot in procedural aspects of flying, with little, if any, emphasis on learning and innovation. Though this may be a general flaw of the industry, and it may take years to change this aspect, simulators as training tools are highly effective and popular and this cannot be denied in any way.
Though the trend in the industry is still to choose pilots on the basis of hours flown, new age simulators, like the 747 flight simulator which mimics real life conditions to the last detail, may change the future for instrument trained pilots, and pave way for a new breed of flight crew members.
Flight simulators are amazing training tools for pilots, both old and new and help them to familiarise themselves with the new aircraft. In this way, a flight simulator is indeed a pilot’s best friend.