What Pilots Have to Say About our Courses
I am a female flight instructor who flies a corporate 421C. I trained with AST for my initial 421C insurance qualification. Rick drilled over and over low altitude engine loss and his procedure of ‘stabilize the aircraft’ first. I left KSVE (4,100 feet MSL) and at 200 feet AGL the right engine begin to fail. The aircraft yawed – manifold and rpm began to drop. I feathered the right engine and worked 0 VSI and stabilized speed at 90 knots. I slowly turned back to airport into dead engine (yes dead engine as turning engine makes the turn) using no rudder. My passenger and I landed safely. I just kept remembering what Rick had taught me over and over during the failure.
I showed up this morning and we went over some more systems and talked about some FAA legal stuff. Then off to the G1000 sim for all kinds of failures and approaches (I have a G500 so this was important). We then went to the full motion sym and did more approaches at night, in weather, failures, gear failures….everything you can think of. It was a good 2 days and very customized to what you need. This is not a cookie cutter training. Rick knows the 300/400 series airplanes very well and customizes the training for what you need. It is one on one the entire time and he assesses your abilities and then you work on what you need to work on. I really appreciated the customized approach as I didnt feel I was wasting anytime with procedures that I had already mastered. In conclusion, I would highly reccomend Aircraft Simulator Training in Santa Rosa and I think you will enjoy the experience. I stayed at the Vitners Inn and flew into KSTS. It was a great experience. Oh…and being in Sonoma is a nice plus! The wine is fantastic!
Did not think I needed a full motion sim but when they closed the door on night IFR approaches and stared pulling engines and creating problems it felt like the real thing. Great training.
To prevent any problems with making sure your training is approved please send us your insurance companies name as well as the broker/agent who wrote your policy. We need their address and contact information to make sure we don’t have any problems. Please send us this information at least two weeks before your training.
Twin Cessna Training
"I am a female flight instructor who flies a corporate 421C. I trained with AST for my initial 421C insurance qualification. Rick drilled over and over low altitude engine loss and his procedure of ‘stabilize the aircraft’ first. I left KSVE (4,100 feet MSL) and at 200 feet AGL the right engine begin to fail. The aircraft yawed - manifold and rpm began to drop. I feathered the right engine and worked 0 VSI and stabilized speed at 90 knots. I slowly turned back to airport into dead engine (yes dead engine as turning engine makes the turn) using no rudder. My passenger and I landed safely. I just kept remembering what Rick had taught me over and over during the failure."
Insurance Initial, Recurrent and Loss of Control Training
We train in all models of Twin Cessnas: 310, 340, 414, 414A, and all 421 models.
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Introduction Flight Training in Our Twin Cessnas
We offer initial training and insurance qualification training in our 421C and 340. If you need to qualify for your insurance “in the air” portion of the policy in a 421 or 340 (and usually the 340 will qualify for a 414) we can prepare an in the air training program. The air portion consist of our initial program and the needed air time on our planes.
The air portion consist of multiple landings and cross-country time. We will work with your on preflight walk around and procedural items such as checklist and airspeed control.
Our aircraft are maintained by Air Impressions. We need to be noticed prior to your training in the sim if you wish to have “in the air” training in our aircraft.
We are also happy to work out an introduction flight if you are not sure about flying a Twin Cessna. Contact us for a price and scheduling for a two-hour minimum flight cost. We will discuss the aircraft, procedures in the aircraft and the great features of Twin Cessna aircraft.Contact Us to Schedule View Course Details
Twin Piston and Turboprop Training
If you are training for twin piston aircraft, turboprop aircraft or any aircraft, we STRONGLY SUGGEST you have an instrument rating and be qualified flying instruments. What do we mean by qualified? It means that you can fly attitude instruments and make all the decisions as far as emergency procedures in the cockpit not outside the cockpit in visual flight rules conditions. The worst thing that can happen will and can happen on the gauges in IMC conditions. You must be able to manage the problems on the gauges not in VMC conditions. If you don’t have an instrument rating you need to work with us to at least get twenty hours in the sim so you can fly the gauges.Contact Us to Schedule View Course Details
Multi-Engine, Single Engine and Recurrent Training
We offer single engine emergency training for Twin Cessna’s (all models), Piper Navajo’s (all models), Seneca’s, Aztecs, and Beechcraft models (including Duchess and Barons). You will be trained on single engine failure after takeoff including day and night procedures. The training shows you how to save your aircraft and you from control, establishing and maintaining control, safe turns back to the airport or a place of a safe landing and the landing. As some students have told us with ‘hints’ we have given them, “I have never thought to do that.” The sim work is difficult and many people say they are drained after the training. Our job is to give you the personal satisfaction that you can handle your aircraft if either engines fail.Contact Us to Schedule View Course Details
340 and 421C Initial in the Aircraft Training
AST offers on a limited basis an in the aircraft intro training in either a 340 or a 421C. If you are interested in purchasing these aircraft and want an introduction flying these aircraft for two hour minimum as well as an intro flying these aircraft in our sims please contact us. We will discuss all aspect of the aircraft including systems, operations, maintenance and any other questions involving Twin Cessna Aircraft.
AST owns both a 340 and a 421C that are kept at their facility in Burnet, Texas (KBMQ)Contact Us to Schedule View Course Details
"Thank you for all your help yesterday. Training, advice etc. SO helpful yet so much to learn. Only regret I have is that I only had a one day to spend time with you. I am rewriting my notes so that I can remember as much as you taught me."
The course consists of aggressive stall training and spin recovery, aft CG situations and slow airspeeds and stall, stabilized approaches, flight into unknown weather, systems failures, ground reference maneuvers in adverse weather, un-forcasted IFR for VFR only pilots, partial panel work, engine failure after take off, emergency procedures before you go for the checklist, wind shear, density altitude, overloaded aircraft and go-no go decision making.Contact Us to Schedule View Course Details
Beechcraft Baron Twin Engine Training
Rick McGuire flew and managed a Baron for a large oil company as well as trained pilots in the Baron. As Rick said these are great aircraft. Aircraft Simulator Training works with pilots on initial and recurrent trains as well as their well-known One Day Emergency Training.
Aircraft Simulator Training has a full motion Baron aircraft.Contact Us to Schedule View Course Details
Loss of Control and Spin Training
Designed for Private Pilots and those pilots that want to practice their skills that could be done in an aircraft but are safer and easier to learn in a sim. Since our sims are motion sims you have a more realistic feeling than non motion or lower quality motion sims. Designed for Private Pilots and those pilots that want to practice their skills that could be done in an aircraft but are safer and easier to learn in a sim. Since our sims are motion sims you have a more realistic feeling than non motion or lower quality motion sims.Contact Us to Schedule View Course Details