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. In all of our instrument currency and proficiency programs we will discuss with you what you think your problems are. We will then 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 want to begin training for my instrument rating. What can you do for me?

The FAA has now allowed twenty (20) hours of instrument training in our sims (advanced aviation training devices.) what does this mean? It means we can give you twenty hours (20) in the sim and when you get into the airplane you are way ahead of the program. In fact, you will only need twenty (20) hours in the plane. In twenty hours (20) in the sim we can get all the “hard” stuff accomplished to a level where your are competent for a lot less money than an aircraft rental and the cost of the instructor.

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.

We also have had numerous high performance aircraft owners call us to “test the waters” on what we can do for them. Most high performance aircraft owners are instrument rated. So, we start them off evaluating their instrument skills in the plane they fly. (our sims can be set up for numerous aircraft) we start out with a basic instrument evaluation and often within a short period of time the pilot turns to our instructor and says “I did not realize how weak I was on instruments.” after the pilot is more comfortable on instruments, we start working with possible problems the pilot could face in flight, such as equipment failure and weather.

Do you sell packages or can I train and pay as I go?

We do sell packages on initial and recurrent training such as multi engine training and high performance singles. On evaluation and “tune up” training, every pilot is different and has different skills. Every pilot has different deficiencies they need to work on to upgrade their skills. We analyze what you need for and discuss it with you. We then work with you to train on what you need, not something you already are good at. Yes, you can pay as you go. We accept checks or credit cards.

Will you sell me a block of time at a reduced rate?

We do not sell packages or block time at a reduced rate. You can pay for an extended amount of time and we will keep a record of your hourly training and deduct from that block payment.

All training packages such as initial or recurrent training for insurance qualifications are due on the day of training. We understand cancellations can occur so we do have a two day cancellation notice.

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.

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.

I have an interview for an airline job? What can you do for me?

The biggest part of an airline interview is the sim check. We have trained prospective pilots in preparing for their airline sim ride with great success.

What model aircraft can you train for in the sim?

  • 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?

We set times for training around your schedule.

Contact us today with any other questions or to schedule your session.