Rick McGuire knows these Twin Cessna aircraft from nose to tail. He will teach you not only how to properly fly them but how to maintain them and what to look for emergency wise in the air.
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 wanted to let you know how much fun I had. Thank you for taking the time to tailor your training to me and my inexperience in the airplane. I look forward to training with you again next year. I hope you are still in Santa Rosa, because it’s stinking hot here in Texas where i write this.
I was able to fly my plane back at the end of July. My medical is still be being processed, so I had to have an instructor with me. We flew 11.3 hours in the day, with a minimums approach at an airport south of Atlanta. The training you gave allowed me to do it without a second thought.
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.
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.
I just wanted to see what the facility and sims were like so I booked the day single engine. They showed me things I had never learned on holding attitude and direction on one engine.
First class training in the 421. I got tired of having the “book” read to me and not having a good simulator. These guys know these airplanes and everything is a discussion with a question, answer session. I will be back.
Best Aviation Safety Investment in years! Say goodbye to the national aircraft simulator training folks. Let’s face it: the big companies focus on the clients with big jets. They either have outdated, malfunctioning simulators, and/or low time instructors that have little or no experience in piston twins. Hands down Aircraft Simulator Training has the best equipment, and by far the best training for those of us with piston twins. Their motion simulator is state of the art. Their instructors have thousands of hours of real world experience. I can say without question, working with these folks gave me the best general aviation training experience in over 8,000 hours of flying. I can unequivocally recommend them to anyone.
The way we are taught to handle single engine loss is antiquated.