Why simulators? The greatest benefit of training extensively in this manner is that it slashes the time required to learn maneuvers during actual flight training. Students who complete advanced simulator training can accomplish in one hour of actual flight instruction what others need ten hours to achieve. GKWFA combines ground training with simulated flight training to prepare students for careers in flight.
In the private pilot simulator course, cadets must demonstrate competency in flight dynamics and flight skills by completing all of the maneuvers that real-life pilots must master. Stalls, slow flight, recovery from unsual attitudes, climbing and descending turns, and cross country flights are a few of the many flight skills GKWFA cadets must master. Like real pilots, they also must learn how to communicate with a control tower, interpret basic meteorology, and prepare for, evaluate, and execute flight related decisions. The learning is progressive, with completion of each set of maneuvers rewarded by a certificate of accomplishment which allows the student to proceed to the next set of skill level requirements. Once their virtual checkride has been completed, cadets have passed through all the necessary stages of flight training to become virtual private pilots.
Planning and executing an instrument flight plan, intercepting VORs, precision approach localizers, and glideslopes, and successful navigation of victor airways are among the many things that GKWFA cadets must master to attain what many pilots consider to be the hardest certificate to earn--an Instrument Rating. Like the private pilot training, the instrument training is progressive and responsive to student progress and aptitude.
GKWFA also offers simulated commercial flight training. To earn their Commercial Pilots license, pilots must master flight control and performance to a greater degree of accuracy. Cadets must log a minimum of 250 hours of simulated flight time in order to be eligible to take their written, oral, and practical flight exams. Those dedicated individuals that have completed all of their ground and simulated training are eligible to begin GKWFA's career flight training program.