Simulator training.

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Simulator training.

Postby ChopperStudent » Sun Jun 11 2017, 03:17

G'day Bladeslapper's.
As I am only new to my Helicopter training and the world of aviation I am keen to know your thoughts on Simulator Training. As I am currently just learning to fly one of these magnificent machines < 5 hours, I would really like to hear your thoughts about possibly combining simulator training alongside my practical training. Are there any perceived positives/negatives to doing this as far as my formal training or would it be a waste of my finances at this time?. From my view I was thinking that if the hourly rate is viable, it may be beneficial for some of the aspects of handling and coordination?.
As I said I am new to this game so any thoughts you may have are valued.
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Re: Simulator training.

Postby Eric Hunt » Sun Jun 11 2017, 04:31

Unless the sim is a full-motion high-end type, it will have a few characteristics which do not follow the real aircraft.

There is a high chance that you will learn some inputs which will be totally wrong for the real thing, and will slow down your learning while you un-learn these actions. Negative habit transfer will cost you time and money.

Sims have a huge place in the industry, for systems knowledge, engine starts, checklists, emergency ops, instrument and night flying, but for the basics, you need your backside on a seat to feel the inputs and create the correct muscle memory.
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Re: Simulator training.

Postby ChopperStudent » Sun Jun 11 2017, 05:15

Thank Eric, I had seen that there was a full motion simulator at Bankstown that advertised training. I will give it a miss and just concentrate on what I am being taught in the real thing.
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Re: Simulator training.

Postby helmet spider » Sun Jun 11 2017, 05:35

What he said!
Sims have their place and are awesome tool
But not for what you are looking at

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Re: Simulator training.

Postby Blade » Tue Jun 13 2017, 05:59

Having trained a few pilots, I can say with hand on heart that YES a simulator makes a big difference in your training. I wouldn't pay for it as the benefits can be had with a simple FSX/P3D setup. Using the simulator will not get you hovering and doing pirouettes like a pro but will help enforce some basic attitude controls, instrument familiarisation, handling and basic flying skills freeing up some cognitive space for that mechanical learning hand-eye co-ordination.
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Re: Simulator training.

Postby Twistgrip » Tue Jun 13 2017, 06:37

Ive got Lockheed Martins P3D and its amazing, great for instrument work and procedural aspects. Ive had Microsoft Flight Sim's since the mid 90's and the the latest products such as P3D on the market are a great tool.
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Re: Simulator training.

Postby Gonsky » Wed Jun 14 2017, 10:01

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