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During the aborted takeoff, the checklist fell somewhere and we couldn’t find it. Dan got pissed and was ready to taxi back to the FBO and shut down to find it. I told him that wasn’t necessary and to grab the piece of paper that was folded up on the dash; it was the Xerox copy that you made me. Not really sure why I put it in the plane, but he was impressed that I was prepared. The only other thing I thought I was messing up was the single engine approach. He told me to put the gear down. I said since we are single engine, we will not put any flaps or gear out until we were 1/2 mile out or we broke out and had the runway made. I said altitude and speed are our friends right now. He was glad that I didn’t drop it. Thank you so much for your help! It gave me the experience and confidence needed for this!


After a nine year absence from flying, due to family and work obligations, I decided if I was going to get back into flying multi engine aircraft, most notably 310, Seneca, or Aztec, I would seek out a facility that offers realistic flight simulator training with an experienced instructor. I contacted Aircraft Simulator Training’s Staci McGuire, who put me on the schedule and got me in contact with her husband, Rick McGuire, an instructor with over 50 years of flying experience. Upon arrival and after reviewing my experience, we got to work. We started on engine loss at take off, loss of directional control at take off, go/no-go decisions with various runway lengths, takeoffs with low ceilings, and engine failures. Upon completion of each simulation, Rick would debrief my flight. The next day the work got a lot busier, with engine fires, emergency descents, standard IMC single engine approaches, partial panel, dual engine failures (IMC, and partial panel due to vacuum failure), and high altitude airport engine out scenarios.

The experience acquired here is invaluable as there is no way a pilot can safely perform some of these maneuvers in a real airplane. This opportunity to work out the problems, in a simulator, gives one an advantage over a pilot who has not had this level of intense training. The main takeaway I got from this is how and when to use carefully and methodically placed inputs, and more importantly, what NOT to do to prevent the aircraft from getting on the ground safely.

I would like to say thanks for recommending Aircraft Simulator Training, and I fully endorse this facility. Rick, Pat, and Staci do a fabulous job there, and the experience gained was worth the relatively small investment.

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.

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