How long has your training center been in business?

  • We were the pioneer in the business of advanced and instrument specialty training on Van Nuys airport dating back to 1975. Additionally we were the first to operate flight simulators in Southern California. Additionally we are involved with simulator manufactures in the development of the newest technology simulators and AATD. Since we are so involved with simulation we have a service department with factory trained simulator technicians that keep our simulators in the best condition and always calibrated to factory standards. Most simulator schools never even bother to do the required yearly FAA required calibration checks or service.

How experienced are your instructors?

  • The average flight training center hires the novice flight instructor who usually ranges from 350 to 1,200 hours on the high side. Many times these instructors have never instructed before, (you could be their first student). EXPERIENCE MAKES THE DIFFERENCE, your time is much too valuable. You deserve the benefit of an experienced instructor.
  • Our staff of instructors average of 20 years plus and range from 5,000 to 15,000 hours of flight instruction given. Our instructors have been trained by some of the most prestigious schools in the aviation industry such as Flight Safety, and their back rounds come from airline, corporate, military and FAA.  They are aviation educators with experience in teaching accelerated and advanced training. With experience in Turbojet and Turbo prop; our instructors are well schooled in teaching glass instrumentation, CRM, ADM and risk management operations.
  • All instruction is taught with organized structured curriculum. Our emphasis in training is TRAIN AS YOU FLY, not train to minimum standards just to pass a check ride.
  • All instructors remain current with 6 month simulator & aircraft checks to be sure our clients are always getting the best training possible.

Do your instructors teach in the airplane as well as in the simulator?

  • Absolutely we will take our students through the complete training program both in the simulator and in the airplane. Our instructors must have experience in and meet the insurance requirements for any including customer owned aircraft.

Do your instructors training in actual IMC conditions?

  • Yes in fact when ever we have the opportunity to expose the student to IMC conditions to promote real world training, is required as part of our training curriculum. Safety and confidence is our first priority.

May I rent simulator time and bring my own instructor?

  • Yes, we gladly as a professional courtesy, give outside instructor privileges to clients who wish to bring their own instructor. We will even take the time to teach your instructor on the operation of our simulator.


What are the advantages of training in a simulator VS PCAD & AATD

  • The fidelity and realism of a simulator and transfer of student learning far out way a the basic PCAD. Pcads are what lower level flight schools buy and use because of price, not necessarily quality or with the student’s learning in mind. The next level of device is classified as AATD (advanced training device), which is computer based, some are very sophisticated, the difference is the software & hardware. The top of the line is a FTD flight training device which uses actual aircraft instrumentation and has a world wide data base and has the actual flight characteristics of the airplane.

Some of the schools are using motion based AATD trainers are they any better?

  • It is a proven fact that motion based simulator/AATD or any other training devicethat has motion doesn’t make a difference in the training process. In fact motion sometimes gives false cues, and some students have even felt the affects similar to sea sickness.
  • From a professional instructor’s point of view and one who has trained in from the most basic training device to the large full motion simulators at the airline and corporate level; It’s the instructor that makes the difference, not the simulator or device know matter what level of sophistication.

How is your flight simulator equipped?

  • Whether single or multiengine simulator they are equipped with the latest state of the art such as HSI RMI, color visual systems, and some with glass cockpits and GPS depending on the training center location.

Why does all your training begin in the simulator rather than in the airplane?

  • Many schools are more interested in putting time on their school airplanes, which Is not in the student’s best interest; either from a learning stand point or economics. The end result simulator training is the most cost efficient for your training dollar and increases learning. The use of simulators has proven to be the modern way to train. The foundations of IFR skills are developed in the simulator, making the transition to the airplane much easier.
  • IFR/VFR students both for initial and recurrent, plus aircraft owners realize simulators are the modern tools for flight training.

Why should I use the simulator VS all airplane?

  • Simulator training is mandatory with all professional training, Airline, corporate, and military, plus endorsed by insurance companies.
  • With the increased cost of aircraft operation, insurance, maintenance and high cost of fuel, teaching in simulators are on the rise.
  • The aviation colleges and universities all integrating simulators as a major part of their curriculums. The military, airlines and major part 142 training centers have long realized the benefits of simulation VS aircraft training.
  • Climate has a direct affect on training. During winter months or in dessert climates in the summer, simulators can be the best source of continuing pilot education and are not affected by environmental conditions or traffic delays.
  • Simulator training is where the foundation is built and mistakes are made in a controlled environment.
  • Simulators promote safety & emergency procedures for multiengine training often to risky or dangerous to learn in the airplane.
  • EMT emergency procedures and upset training can be life saving training, and can only be experienced in simulators.
  • Simulators allow for a much more flexible training schedule for the student with a busy schedule. The simulator is available 24/7 including weekends.

What is the IFRSIMCLUB & how can it save money on my training?

  • IFRSIM Club is the innovator of the UNLIMITED simulator training concept,making training affordable, especially in an economic recessionThe program is simple, that’s all you pay is a monthly membership (Minimum 3 months) like a gym membership, and this entitles you the student, to unlimited simulator time during membership duration. This is much more of an economic savings than purchasing simulator time by the hour, and stretching the training over a longer period of time.

Can I buy simulator time by the hour or do I have to join the Club?

  • Yes students may purchase sim time by the hour rather than join the club. However the rate per hour will end up costing more if you purchase as little as 10 hours of sim time, where as with the simclub membership, students could easily get 60 hours of sim time towards the commercial rating or EMT course for a lot less.

Do you ever have any special rates for simulator time?

  • Yes we do run specials at different times. For instance we have special ratesfor after hours and weekend rates. Plus certain course package rates apply.
  • Another way to save money on training is with our partner training program were two pilot’s train together through out the entire program.
  • Our training center offers a complimentary free simulator demo just for the asking to familiarize pilot’s simulation.


How are your aircraft for specialized and advanced training equipped?

  • All our aircraft are clean well maintained and are full IFR Equipped to include Garmin GPS ,autopilot .We have both the standard steam gage and Garmin 1000 glass cockpit equipped for training.
  • Additionally we are insurance approved to give instruction in your own aircraft whether single, high performance or multiengine. I own my aircraft can I use it for the training rather than use a rental aircraft?
  • Yes in fact we are an insurance approved training center for several high performance single & multiengine airplanes, and do pilot & aircraft specific recurrent required insurance training.
  • Your aircraft must have the required inspections and show proof of insurance with our company as additional insured to provide instruction in owners aircraft.


Should I do an accelerated course or train at a normal pace?

  • Accelerated training for any rating or recurrent training is especially designed for the busy professional who wants to achieve his or her rating at a accelerated pace and over a short period of time, rather than extending the course of instruction over a longer period of time as many pilots have done. Accelerated training is not for everyone and sometimes because of the pace can sometimes lead to burn out and frustration.
  • Training at an accelerated pace schedule is the fastest method of training for any rating. Any type of accelerated training has been called drinking from a fire hose approach, in other words the training is very intense and lots of material is presented and must be absorbed in a short period of time. Can it be accomplished? Yes it can, but a pilot must be disciplined to study and be prepared to fly and train all day everyday at an accelerated pace, and completely immerse oneself in training.

What is the average training time difference for accelerated VS a normal training schedule?

  • Private Pilot license accelerated course 4-6 weeks .VS normal 3-6months depending on the frequency of training.
  • Instrument rating accelerated course 10-12 days, VS normal 3 months.
  • Commercial rating accelerated course 3-5 days, VS normal 30 days.
  • Multiengine rating accelerated course 5 days, VS normal 2-3 weeks.
  • Refresher Training Accelerated course 3 days VS normal 30 days.

What if I have started my training elsewhere and desire to have your school accelerate my training and finish up?

  • Because of our reputation in excellence and experience we frequently do finish up training. We have often heard the problems of scheduling, lack of instructor experience, organization and airplane problems.\
  • We solve all these problems with flexible training schedules instructor experience, organized curriculums and clean well equipped single & Multiengine airplanes with the latest start of the art navigation systems.

Do you offer pilot career training courses?

  • Yes since many of our instructors come from airline, corporate pilot back round and are experienced with airline, professional pilot prep. Our training center can help a professional pilot pursue a career in aviation as a pilot. In fact we have prepped pilots for commuter airlines such as SkyWest, Mesa, American Eagle and major airlines Fed Ex, UPS, United and the fractional Net Jets pilot just to name a few.
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