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.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 training for Twin Cessna’s (all models), Piper Navajo’s (all models), Seneca’s, Aztecs, and Beechcraft models (including Duchess and Barons). The single engine training is 2 to 3 hours of actual motion simulator time and a short ground school. 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
Initial Instrument Training
Since the FAA approved a full twenty hours of training that can be accomplished in our simulators, we can provide you the opportunity to be ready for aircraft training in that twenty hours.
Our curriculum consists of initial attitude instrument flying, VOR and GPS tracking, non-precision approaches (VOR and GPS), precision approaches, holding, flying on partial panel, unusual attitudes, departure procedures, standard terminal arrivals and more that can be accomplished prior to training in the aircraft.
With 20 hours in the simulator, we cover everything you will need to know in the aircraft. When you get into the aircraft you are ready. No learning curve on the procedures.
Schedule: 20 hours in four days or your scheduleContact Us to Schedule View Course Details
Actual ATC Radio Training in the Simulator
Work with real time controllers and fly a route selected by you. Detailed communication with errors that you can pick up on. Short cuts to communication and understanding all types of communications including DP’s, STAR’S and Low Altitude Route reporting. Deal with clearance, ground control and towers as well center frequencies. Get it down in the sims before you waste money in the aircraft. The instrument time in the sim is without the hood and can be logged as instrument training up to twenty hours.Contact Us to Schedule View Course Details
G1000 Simulator Training
Our G1000 simulator functions with the same 99% accuracy as do the actual installations in the aircraft.
Our stand-alone simulator is equipped with synthetic vision technology, TAWS-B (terrain), TCAS (traffic), and flight and safe taxi charts, just like the actual aircraft.Contact Us to Schedule View Course Details
Commercial and ATP Time Building
You can get 50 hours towards your commercial license and 25 hours towards the ATP in our motion sims. You can get the hours in several singles, twins, turboprops and even jets. You can simulate flight in many situations and combinations of situations, including instruments, cross country, mountain work, and high activity airports. Our motion sims cost less money and can build time quicker than flying in the actual aircraft.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
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
Private Pilot Training and Checkride Prep in the Sim
Our motion sims are not just for advanced training. We have trained beginning private pilots for their introduction to the airplane. You can save so much time learning the basics of the private pilot rating. We also train the students in multiple sim aircraft for stalls, ground reference maneuvers, slow flight, and even take offs, landings and pattern work. The sim saves money.Contact Us to Schedule View Course Details