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Keeping your real-world flying skills sharp with a home-based flight simulator

Flight Chain App - NTSB Aviation Accident Reports - Helping pilots learn from accident chains By Dan Sobczak
March 2020

Editor's note: This content does not constitute flight instruction. Consult a certified flight instructor in your area for proper flight instruction.



In a previous blog post, I wrote about the benefits of scenario-based flight training using a simulator.

As a follow up to that post, this article -- eight VFR emergencies perfect for flying in a simulator -- from Redbird Flight Simulations provides some examples of scenario-based flight training, as used by Michael Phillips of Aviation Simulator Training in Camarillo, CA.

These kinds of real-world scenarios can help pilots of all experience levels improve their ability to stay ahead of the power curve. That's exactly what the military and NASA continue to do to ensure their pilots are prepared and have practiced what to do in any given situation.

Jim Lovell (portrayed by Tom Hanks in the 1995 movie <i>Apollo 13</i>) tells the Director of Flight Crew Operations Deke Slayton 'Well, if I had a dollar for every time they've killed me in this thing, I wouldn't have to work for you, Deke. We have two days, we'll be ready.' Photo credit: Universal City Studios, Inc. and Imagine Entertainment.

Jim Lovell (portrayed by Tom Hanks in the 1995 movie Apollo 13) tells the Director of Flight Crew Operations Deke Slayton "Well, if I had a dollar for every time they've killed me in this thing, I wouldn't have to work for you, Deke. We have two days, we'll be ready." Photo credit: Universal City Studios, Inc. and Imagine Entertainment.



Flight simulators with scenario-based training


Flight simulators can provide realistic flight simulation to help you achieve your flight training goals, and keep your flying skills sharp even when weather keeps you grounded in the real world.

You don't have to be a military pilot or a NASA astronaut to get high-quality realistic simulator training.

As Phillips told the Redbird team: "You're limited only by your imagination of what could go wrong."

The following are some of the flight simulator tools that pilots of all experience levels have as another tool in their piloting toolbox:


If you need some tips on setting up your own home-based flight simulator, check out this article on home simulator flying & flight training, from StudentPilotNews.com.

Finally, if you want to work on your ATC communication skills in your home-based simulator environment, be sure to read this article to get Four Tips for Mastering ATC Communications.

Stay sharp!
The Flight Chain App team




Flight Chain App - NTSB Aviation Accident Reports - Helping pilots learn from accident chains Dan Sobczak is the founder of www.FlightChainApp.com, a mobile app that helps pilots learn from accident chains by making NTSB reports more convenient and easier to digest. Dan received his private pilot certificate in 2003.


Flight Chain App and its companion blog www.AheadOfThePowerCurve.com are committed to reducing general aviation accidents, helping improve aviation safety, and growing the pilot population.


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2020


March 2020:
Keeping your real-world flying skills sharp with a home-based flight simulator
February 2020:
NTSB preliminary report: Thoughts on the helicopter accident involving Kobe Bryant
January 2020:
Aviate, navigate, communicate -- in that order -- even if your Cessna 172 is missing a wing



2019


December 2019:
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November 2019:
Flying the 'Impossible Turn' during an engine failure after takeoff: when is it actually a 'Possible Turn'?
October 2019:
Using a 'Defined Minimum Maneuvering Speed' to help prevent the most common fatal general aviation accidents
September 2019:
Three strikes and you're out: A good rule of thumb to avoid being the star of your own 'never again' story
August 2019:
A real pilot story that ended in a stall spin accident, and 14 flight planning checklist tips every pilot should know
July 2019:
Podcast interview: How Flight Chain App is helping improve aviation safety and keep general aviation growing
June 2019:
Getting the most out of scenario-based flight training and a realistic home flight simulator
May 2019:
Quiz yourself with questions based on actual NTSB accident reports
April 2019:
Study: ADS-B In is helping reduce the general aviation accident rate
March 2019:
Bird strike prevention: It's possible, provided pilots have the right tool
February 2019:
A P-51 Mustang's engine-out off-airport landing every pilot can learn from
January 2019:
Learning by repetition: a good pilot is always learning (and re-learning)



2018


December 2018:
Your aviation goals and New Year's resolutions for flying in 2019
November 2018:
Celebrate Flight Chain App's first anniversary with... easter eggs?
October 2018:
Flight Chain App releases new NTSB accident trends feature in latest update
September 2018:
Aviation books to read that will help you fly safe
August 2018:
Accident case study: Learning from the Apollo 13 accident timeline and cause of failure
July 2018:
Accident case study: Create your personal minimums checklist for flying
June 2018:
Logging safety pilot time to help you stay ahead of the power curve
May 2018:
Fighter pilot skills every aviator needs to have to fly safe
April 2018:
The meaning of 'Ahead of the Power Curve'
March 2018:
Experience mountain flying (but get the proper training first)
February 2018:
Helping pilots learn from accident chains
January 2018:
Discover the hidden benefits of learning to fly








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