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Performance Flight’s state-of-the-art Flight Training Device is one of the most advanced simulators available. Featuring the Garmin Perspective avionics suite, you’ll be able to work with the same equipment as in the latest generation of aircraft. With live weather, Foreflight integration, real CAPS equipment, and a true Cirrus cockpit, this is the most advanced simulator available for public use in the United States. Benefit from practicing in a real cirrus cockpit with real avionics and real controls.

IFR Training in the Simulator

The Instrument Rating is one of the most useful pilot ratings to possess and one of the most difficult to master. The FAA requires 40 hours of instrument training to meet the minimum requirements for the Instrument Rating. Many pilots utilize an aircraft for all 40 hours. At Performance Flight, we recommend 20 hours in our simulator and a minimum of 20 hours in an aircraft.

There are many positive aspects to training in our simulator. First, we never have to cancel due to weather. During cold temperature months, aircraft flight into instrument conditions is extremely limited. And one important aspect of learning is currency. The more often you’re able to attend flight lessons, the faster your training will progress.

In addition to accelerating the progress of your training, the simulator provides the ability to present numerous scenarios that would otherwise be impossible or impractical in the aircraft. Instrument flight into icing conditions, rain, snow, and around thunderstorms are some of the weather scenarios we present in our simulator. 

Along with varying weather, we utilize the simulator to present abnormal systems operations to students while applying IFR principles. Scenarios such as loss of radio, loss of GPS signal, and loss of electrical power can all be safely simulated.

Whether you utilize our flight training device for training towards your Instrument Rating, or use the device as a means to remain IFR current, Performance Flight will help you become a more proficient pilot.

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Simulator Currency Programs

Since the inception of Performance Flight, we’ve maintained our position as an industry leader, recommending recurrent training for pilots flying Technically Advanced Aircraft. Utilizing our state-of-the-art simulator, we’ve developed currency programs to aid in-flight skill development long after a pilot completes his or her initial training.

Our recurrent training programs cover a wide variety of topics that take advantage of our flight training device’s most positive aspects. You’ll be able to experience engine out scenarios involving takeoffs, traffic patterns, cross-country flight, and landings. Our device accurately portrays the Cirrus Airframe Parachute Systems (CAPS). CAPS has saved countless lives to date. However, most pilots have not had the opportunity to activate the system. Our instructors will be able to simulate the different scenarios where the CAPS should be deployed and help with decision-making.

In addition to power plant failures, your recurrent simulator session may include alternator failures, avionics failures, inadvertent flight into instrument conditions, flight into severe turbulence, airframe and intake icing, and many more abnormal and emergency situations. Our goal is to provide clients realistic simulations that accurately portray in-flight failures.

We recommend recurrent training in our simulator at least every six months. For pilots who fly infrequently, recurrent simulator training is even more valuable. Rest assured that your piloting skills will be improved after working with our instructors during your recurrent training.

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