Frequently Asked Questions

Are all your training programs the same?

No. When you contact us to train, we work with you to plan a program to specifically meet your needs. We will put you in the sim and see what you need to work on to upgrade your skills. Our belief is that every person is different in what they need and how they train.

I have a twin that I own and that I am comfortable in. What can you do for me?

We do initial and recurrent packages for twin training as required by the insurance companies. We also have a twin engine single engine training package that focuses on the loss of an engine and returning to an airport.

If I train with you and the sim is set up for my aircraft, can you set the sim to mimic problems and equipment failures?

You would not believe what we can throw at you in your type of aircraft. We had a pilot who asked us if we could set up his aircraft and show him how it would act in icing. Even though the aircraft had deice and anti ice he was shocked how precarious the flight parameters were when his aircraft was loaded with ice. We were also able to work with him on staying out of ice and controlling his plane if he got into ice.

What is the best part of training in your sim?

The pause button. We can stop and show you what we think should be occurring and how you are reacting. We then discuss with you or demonstrate the best way handle the situation. We then push the pause button again and pickup right where you left off. Try that in an airplane.

How do I know your instructors have experience?

Look at all the gray hair in the pictures. Seriously, our instructor are not only instructors but active pilots with a varied amounts of experience.

How do the pilots who train with your company describe the sim?

One word, wow! Seriously, we have had pilots come to work with us and initially they were not real sure they needed this piece of equipment to help them become a better trained pilots. Fifteen minutes later, their minds were changed. As one pilot said, “This sim is the most challenging piece of aviation equipment I have ever worked with. I will continue.”.

How do I get on the schedule?

Our phone is answered 24/7. You can either call our office or send in a contact form with your information. We will contact you and discuss what you want or need in training. We strongly suggest besides calling that you send the contact form so we can reply by email and have that in our system.

If you are working on an initial or recurrent training or the one-day emergency twin training please contact us six (6) weeks out if possible. We try to schedule to accommodate all pilots so please try to let us know as soon as you can about the need for insurance training. Also you can ask your insurance carrier for a 60 day extension for an extension to a training date. Rick McGuire, who is an attorney, has stated that the carriers have no problems extending a date if requested in most cases.

Can you arrange rental cars and overnight accommodations?

Absolutely. We have a concierge service inside the company that can help with any need you have. We love the wine country and we want you to love it too.

What model aircraft can you train for in the sim?

Our primary training is for cabin class pressurized aircraft training focusing on initial insurance requirements as well as recurrent and the one-day emergency training. These cases cover not only sim operations but maintenance and system problems in flight.

  • Cessna 152, Cessna 172 (all models including RG), Cessna 182 (all models including turbo and RG), Cessna 206, Cessna 210 and P210 and Cessna Caravan.
  • Cessna 310, Cessna 414, Cessna 421, Beech Baron and Baron turbo charged, Beech Duchess, Beech Travel Air, Piper Seminole and turbo charged Seminole, Seneca, Piper Seneca and Piper Chieftain.
  • Beechcraft Bonanza and Bonanza turbo charged
  • Mooney 201, 231 and 252.
  • Diamond DA20
  • Piper Warrior, Arrow (including turbocharged) Piper Malibu MI rage.
  • Piper Cheyenne, Pilatus PC12, King Air 90 and 200, and Beech 1900D.
  • Cessna Citation

Do you have a G1000 sim?

Yes, we have a stand alone G1000 sim.

What are your hours?

All training is done by appointment. Please contact us as soon as possible for a date to train and questions.