Training Questions and Important Information

We are not a flight school. We are a simulator training facility. Our basic charges are by the day not the hour. We reserve the right to change any course or request to training to an hourly basis. Our base training is $1,000.00 a day for six (6) hours of training. No pilot/student can walk in and say “I only want _ hour of training”.

If you are given a cost for a period of time that is the contract amount. You will be responsible for the amount. You cannot change that rate day rate for an hourly rate unless an instructor improves that. The last contact in writing for the daily rate controls the training cost.

The simulator training facility (AST) reserves the right to alter the final cost. It cannot be changed by the pilot/student. We reserve time for you and when you pay your deposit you are responsible for the time period selected. No changes can be made without the company, Aircraft Simulator Training, agreeing to change the initial cost.

Please note: You do not have a confirmed reservation date until you receive a calendar invite and complete your deposit. We have many inquiries each day, most asking for the next available training date. We share that date with each inquiring pilot until it is booked. The “next available” fills very quickly.

Please fill out the pilot form in detail. I plan the training based on what your passed experience is. I plan each pilot training for the individual. An example, if you are a 400 hours pilot with no time or very little time in the aircraft I want to put a different training plan together probably focusing on instruments. If you are an airline pilot I know you guys can fly instruments so we work on different areas of the aircraft and performance. Please tell me all the aircraft you fly or have flown, enough to give me information to plan. Telling me you have 1,500 hours plus and then walking in the door and telling me you are a retired airline pilot does not help me and it hurts you on how we work together.

I read numerous accident reports every week. I take that information and put it into my program. One thing that I focus on is that most of the high altitude pressurized aircraft are auto pilot airplanes but auto pilots fail. I have a Aircraft Dispatcher license for airline operations so I try to teach as much about weather as possible along with systems. The course is about you but I put a lot of planning into each person that trains. I am not here to dominate you in training, I am here to work on a CRM type approach where we work together as a team.


Our website has information on the airport, links to rental cars and hotels and other information. Just go to the Local Info page.

Our address is 3242 South Water Street, Burnet, Texas.

The airport on which we are located is KBMQ – Kate Craddock Field.

Our blue hanger is located down the driveway at 3242 South Water Street. Take the sidewalk around to the sim facility.

Class Schedule

All of our classes start at 9:00 – we may arrange the next day to start earlier if you are taking a 2-day or 3-day class.

All training lasts six hours – six hours with most of that time in the sim will drain you.

Please only use your cell phones during breaks.

We take breaks as needed.

You do not need to bring anything – we furnish everything including IPads with ForeFlight.

At present, we buy lunch. We usually have an hour break for lunch.

Course Information

This is not a “canned” course. You will be reviewed on your instrument skills and general aircraft knowledge. Based on this we make suggestions and work a plan for you.

Our goal is to let you leave at the end of the course a better pilot than you were and knowledgeable about the worse case scenario that could happen.

Instrument skills for emergency work are critical – for this reason we may have to spend time working on your instrument skills. If we “jump up and down” about anything it is “keep up with your instrument skills!” 

Our Sims

Our sims have “simisms.” What we mean by this is for one thing sims are harder to fly than the airplane. 

When you come out of training, this sim experience makes it easier to fly the plane. Our sim is harder to land. 

We have professional pilots (airline captains, professional pilots and air force reserve training officers) who can make it “stand on its head and give you change.” I want all of our pilots to leave with these skills.

Setting Expectations

If you are coming just to get an insurance sign off, there are other facilities. I want you to be safe. As I often state, I am working with you for the innocent people in the back of the aircraft. I want you to leave knowing you can react to a problem and get the aircraft down safely and in one piece.

I am going to show you things about handling emergencies that you were not taught. We have been taught for years to accomplish what the FAA wanted us to learn. That does not mean one size fits all. If that worked, why are we having accidents in twin engine aircraft?

Finally we are going to have a good time. It is very rewarding training and pilots come away telling us how much it has helped them. Our full motion sim actually has an air conditioner in the unit and we know it is becoming demanding when a pilot asks us “can you turn on the air.”