October 31 (Sat) 12:00pm Flight Simulators as a Training Supplement

Event Date: 
Saturday, October 31, 2015 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm

Desktop flight simulators such as Microsoft Flight Simulator and X-Plane are widely available for home use. In fact, they are so popular that many aspiring pilots have virtually landed at major airports around the world before they ever get behind the controls of an actual airplane. In addition to being fun to use, these flight simulation games can also be used as a valuable and cost-effective supplement to flight training. Aspiring private and instrument pilots can practice radio communications, flying cross-country, instrument approaches, and using G1000 avionics, all from their home computer.

Guest presenter Michael Mainiero joins the SCFC CFI Team for an exploration of the use of home simulation to aid flight training and reduce costs. His presentation will include live demos, an outlined cost of simulation gear, and in-depth explanations of how the use of such devices can be of use to pilots in all phases of training.

They will also outline ways that pilots can continue use home-based simulators to continually enhance safety through practicing responses to in-flight electrical or engine failure, instrument departures and approaches, and cross country planning and navigation. While these simulators may not be logged as part of training, they are still a valid and useful resource for continual learning.

A good pilot is always learning. Join us to learn how to utilize home flight simulators to keep your skills fresh in a fun and cost effective way.

Michael Mainiero started flying in 2010 and is a Private Pilot with complex, high performance, and tailwheel endorsements. He has flown over 3000 hours on Microsoft Flight Simulator to supplement his knowledge of aircraft systems and procedures and ATC communications. Michael is also an aviation photographer, specializing in air-to-air photos. He is an active member in three local EAA chapters and a volunteer with the Patriots Jet Demonstration Team.


This event qualifies for FAA Wings credit, click here to register.


Any questions, contact us at (650) 946-1700 or info@sancarlosflight.com.


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