The proprietary software that Air Sim Corp uses for the link between pilots and controllers was developed by the staff at Pilotedge.net, and is used exclusively by Air Sim Corp for flight schools throughout the ZLC ARTCC region. This video demonstrate how one flight school is utilizing the Pilotedge software connected to the public Pilotedge network with pilots flying in the ZLC and ZOA ARTCCs. For flights originating with flight schools and airports in the ZLC ARTCC but ending outside of the ZLC ARTCC, the controllers from Pilotedge.net will assist in the transition and landing communications, which will be seamless to the pilots just as in the real world. More information about this software and it’s many uses can be found at www.pilotedge.net.
It’s no secret that student pilots are generally terrified to talk on the radio. How do you teach radio communications to your students? The most common method used is having the instructor do all the communicating during the first few lessons, while also trying to teach the student how to manipulate the airplane and explaining to the student what is being said, why, and how to respond. This does not make for a very safe nor adequate learning experience for the student.
Nor do mock practice sessions on the ground adequately prepare students to deal with the anxiety that manifests itself just seconds before pushing the mic key in the airplane. CD’s and DVD’s that cover the basics of radio communications are a great learning aid, but don’t fix the fear of talking to a real live person. And practice sessions in simulators with the instructor teaching and at the same time acting as ATC doesn’t allow the instructor to monitor the students’ progress effectively. Nor does it accurately reflect what the student will encounter in the real world where there are multiple radio communications going on at the same time with various types of pilots and traffic. That’s what Air Sim Corp can provide.
Connecting your flight training devices to the live Air Sim network fundamentally changes the work that can be performed in your simulators.
As a flight school owner or manager, you can use Air Sim to:
- Increase the utilization of your training devices and instructors while bringing your students to a whole new level of proficiency, and saving them money.
- Set up a small lab of simulators (FAA-certified or otherwise) and run group instruction sessions with live ATC and traffic.
- Run an IFR class where all of the students pick up a clearance.
- Run a VFR class where they conduct pattern work with each other on the CTAF / Unicom frequency.
- Fly out of a controlled airport to a practice area, and then back again, all the while practicing proper radio communications with live ATC and other pilots in the area.
The options and scenarios are endless.
Scenario based training has proven to be the most effective way for students to learn. We have numerous scenarios already outlined in our syllabus, and can work with your training department to develop those that you feel will best suit your students’ needs. Our staff are pilots and/or professional controllers so we understand the training process and the hesitation of most students to talk on the radio, and we are here to help both the student and the instructor get the most out of each lesson.
Our software will work on most flight simulators including PC-BATD, AATD, Redbird, Frasca, Elite, PFC and others, and is fully compatible with Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004, FSX, Prepar3D and X-Plane. Let us help get your simulators connected, and start training your students the best and safest ways to communicate correctly.read more
New Student Pilots
Part of every pilot’s ground school training is a basic course in ATC communication. You can study the written course information, or participate in your flight school’s classroom instructions on what to say to ATC and when. You might even have the opportunity to role-play with your instructor practicing your communication techniques. But when you get in the real airplane all of that training and information goes right out the window as you concentrate on learning how to fly the airplane.
One of the biggest fears for all new pilots is communicating with ATC while flying in the dynamic real-world environment populated by other pilots and aircraft. In an actual airplane there is no “Pause” key, and the pilots and air traffic controllers you interact with on the radio are real people, so there is a lot of pressure to get it right. You can’t just stop the plane while your instructor teaches you what to say, what the controller said, and how to respond. You have to keep flying, and usually the instructor ends up doing all of the ATC communication while you get the basics of aircraft control figured out.
Now, with our unique ATC training lab you can use the flight simulators connected to our private network to communicate with professionally trained air traffic controllers to learn the proper phraseology to use in communicating with ATC, all while learning to fly the airplane. You can run through cockpit procedures, get familiar with the local flying environment, practice navigation, and accelerate your flight training – and save money in the process. You will become more confident in the cockpit, and when you get in the real airplane, the radio communication won’t be the stumbling block that it is for most new pilots. And when it comes time for your checkride, you’ll have the confidence and abilities of a pro.
Using the Air Sim Corp flight simulator labs you can:
- Become fluent in aviation radio communication phraseology.
- Overcome the “brain freeze” that paralyzes most student pilots when communicating with ATC.
- Gain an intuitive mastery of which radio calls to make, and when.
- Practice transitioning through Class B and Class C airspace and learn the proper VFR terminal traffic procedures.
- Practice flying proper traffic patterns while interacting with the controllers or with other aircraft in the area at uncontrolled airports.
- Learn to pick out your aircraft’s call sign and instructions while listening to the interaction between ATC and the other aircraft in the area.
- Get a three-dimensional picture of what’s going on around you.
- Work with your instructor on any specific problem areas in communicating with ATC in a friendly environment that exists solely to help you become a better pilot!
For most instrument student pilots, communicating with ATC isn’t as much of a fear as for new pilots. However, because flying IFR requires a constant connection between the pilot and ATC, the necessity of practicing your communication skills while flying in IMC is all the more critical. Learning to aviate and navigate without visual reference to the ground might be a relatively simple process as long as there are no misunderstandings between the pilots and the controllers. However, if ATC gives you a clearance or instruction different than what you expected it can really cause problems in the cockpit if you aren’t ready for it.
Many flight schools have excellent simulators that can help you learn how to fly an aircraft in IMC. And some may even have instructors connected to a radio system that you can practice your communication skills. But when you get in the real airplane and start communicating with the real ATC in the IFR system, you find that it is an entirely different feeling and the brain can become overloaded with information. That’s because there are so many other aircraft flying in the same airspace that you must maneuver around while following correctly the instructions received from the controllers.
With Air Sim Corp’s training labs you can practice your IFR flights surrounded by other aircraft and maintaining a constant connection to ATC. And should the approach controller rattle off a clearance like:
N123M, turn right heading 320, maintain 6500 until established on the localizer, cleared ILS runway 34R approach, expect the visual for 35, maintain present speed to BESBE then contact tower on 119.05,
You’ll be ready to fly the approach as instructed and respond accordingly, and you won’t become overloaded with information that can cause you to lose control of the flight.
The best way to learn how to handle clearances is to fly a few hundred approaches in the system with ATC. However, this can become a very expensive process as most IFR lessons may yield only one or two IFR clearances and approaches. As a result, most instrument students never really achieve confident mastery of IFR radio communications until after their check ride – if at all.
Using Air Sim Corp’s training labs you can pick up every type of IFR route and approach clearance possible for our airspace, for substantially less than the cost of dual flight time in a typical trainer. You can do any type of IFR flying that you can do in a real airplane (and more), and because you will be flying in a simulator, you can practice numerous different approaches during the same session.
With Air Sim Corp you can:
- Pick up IFR clearances on the ground or in the air.
- Practice executing missed approaches, flying to alternates, and receiving amended routes from ATC.
- Fly vectors-to-final approaches, or request a full IFR approach.
- Practice ATC initiated holds, request cruise clearances, VFR-on-top, and block altitudes.
- Experience “one in, one out” operations at non-towered airports.
- Practice emergency procedures and receive non-gyro vectors as well.
All of this for much less than the hourly cost of dual time in the real airplane or even in most simulators.
Teaching new students how to fly can be one of the most rewarding experiences for any instructor – and one of the most frustrating, as well. It is always the goal to help them become the safest pilots possible, while at the same time instilling in them the joys of flight. As all instructors know, one of the biggest fears for most students is learning to talk to air traffic controllers and doing so professionally.
Teaching them correct radio communication skills doesn’t happen by accident. Only by putting them in the airplane, surrounded by other aircraft, and helping them learn to talk with real live air traffic controllers, can the fear of radio communication be overcome – until now!
By using simulators connected to the Air Sim Corp network, you can give your students the most realistic communication training possible outside of the actual aircraft. You don’t have to take on the role of ATC during your training sessions, while at the same time trying to teach your student how to fly. We add realistic radio simulation, live air traffic control, and live traffic to your simulation sessions, and we take care of the ATC so that you can focus on the teaching.
Also, you are not limited to the Salt Lake area airports. Air Sim Corp covers the entire ZLC ARTCC airspace (see the picture below) so you can have your students fly from any airport to any airport within the airspace and have live ATC coverage on the ground and in the air. And by planning ahead with our ATC staff, we can help coordinate any types of training scenarios you need for VFR and IFR flight training. You can schedule instrument or engine failures, coordinate ATC communication mistakes for students to decipher, and help them learn proper CTAF communications at non-towered airports as well. And, with our connection with Pilotedge.net we can provide the additional coverage for flights originating within the ZLC airspace and flying to airports in the neighboring ARTCC’s (Salt Lake to Las Vegas or Boise to San Francisco.
Become the hero at your flight school who helps students get over the radio hump – and go way beyond it by working with them on your simulators connected to the Air Sim network. Bring their situational awareness and radio communication skills to a level of proficiency that would be financially unreachable in an airplane. Send them up for their Private and Instrument check rides sounding and thinking like professional pilots. And when the weather turns nasty you can keep flying and training your students instead of just wandering aimlessly around the flight school looking for something to do.
Air Sim controllers will adhere to the air traffic control procedures and phraseology in FAA Order 7110.65 at all times. However, by putting discrete codes and requests in your flight plans we can intentionally make “errors” that can test your students, including transposing an aircraft call sign, leaving a student too high or too low on approach, sending them to an incorrect frequency, etc. We give you the opportunities to demonstrate concepts and test your students under pressure, in ways that are simply not possible in any other environment … not even in a real airplane.
Call Air Sim today to schedule a demonstration of our services to see how we can help you make the most of your training skills – and help your students become the best and safest pilots possible.
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