Published by : Rick McGuire

Flight Training Should Be Fun

How is a flight instructor supposed to act while training me?   How often have I gotten this question from beginning students. Years ago I had a gentleman call me and ask me to help him finish his Private Pilot license.  My approach has always been, yes I can help you, lets meet at the

Twenty Hour of Instrument Sim Training is Back

Beginning May 12, 2016, the FAA will allow our advanced sims to train beginning instrument students for twenty (20) hours. What does this mean for the beginning student? I have trained hundreds of instrument students in aircraft. For the first twenty (20) hours you are wasting approximately six (6) to eight (8) hours just maneuvering

Instrument Currency Training in the Sim

By Art Hayssen and Jim McCord, Instructors at Aircraft Simulator Training If you have ever done any instrument training in an aircraft you know that the aircraft is a terrible teaching tool. What you don’t know, if you have never worked in a high end motion sim, is that you can do so much more for

Loss of Control, Low Ceilings, Instrument Approach

We recently had a serious aviation accident in our own backyard (Santa Rosa, California KSTS.)  It involved two well liked area citizens flying a Comanche 250 on an instrument approach (ILS to runway 32) to the Santa Rosa Airport.  The visibility was extremely low, less than 2.5 miles, and the ceilings were around 400 feet.