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We are currently the only flight simulator company in the world to be able to offer this unique product! This course will take individuals with specific flying or simulator skills and train them to not only fly all of our fixed base 737 800 simulators but also become qualified to instruct the general public on our 15 million pound, 50 foot high full motion simulators as well! Pass this course and you will be able to wear a white Virtual Aerospace pilots shirt with 3 silver bars and call yourself a commercial 737 instructor. Some people undertake this course because they want to simply check a box, others want to earn the course fee back by actually instructing for us, being paid to complete simulator sessions. Regardless of your motivation this is a once in a lifetime opportunity to actually live your dream!
Whilst the entry requirements to this course do not include having a commercial pilot licence, these machines cost upwards of £15 million pounds and obviously you would have our reputation in your hands so we have to be 100% comfortable that you are the right kind of person prior to training. This involves a short interview followed by a simulator assessment session in one of our fixed base simulators. We are looking for sensible individuals that will respect our equipment and demonstrate a positive attitude towards learning. However even with these skills this is a massive undertaking and will require a good deal of commitment from you.
This is a cut down version of the No Experience neccassary course and is targeted at individuals with the following experience:
PPL, ME Rating with at minimum En Route IR / IMC but more prefereably an Instrument rating – you Must be comfortable with SIDS, STARS, AIRWAY Charts, NDB Hold, Precision & non precision approaches, VOR Holds, Flying a DME Arc, Circle to land procedures.
What we would call hardcore flight simulator enthusiasts with a minimum of 5 hours flying a real aircraft. there experience would include the following (be extremely comfortable with PMDG 737 800, be able to program a gate to gate route using the FMC, have an excellent understanding of automated flight, MCP, EFIS etc, Be able to name every compnent in the cockpit and explain what it does, have experience flying on Vat, IVAO or similar, you will preferably fly for a virtual airline and be extremely comfortable with normal airline operations)
If you fall into either of the above groups of people then this will cut training time down by approx 30% along with the cost of this course. However priot to undertaking the course we would need you to demonstrate a good level of the above mentioned experience in our fixed base simulator (For light aircraft pilots an additional briefing on jet differences would be breifed and some practice time allocated)
So what’s covered in the course?
We will provide all the written material, DVD,s and information required to complete this course, you will also be allocated an instructor buddy who will be available as a mentor throughout the course.
*Where flight tests are concerned a small amount of extra time has been built into the course to re take a failed test, this can be used for practice time at the end. We are mindful that you will not be taking people flying in a real aircraft when testing, however our particular focus is on using equipment correctly and demonstrating attention to public safety at all time. Full motion simulator can pull G and break one and we could end up with a £5 million pound bill!
Flying & Briefing time
Total flying time included within the course
If you would like to find out more about this course then please call our operations department who will arrange for an instructor to call you back.
Those wanting to become active Flight Instructors
Once you have finished your training you will be considered a Virtual Aerospace Flight Instructor and will, if desired allocated certain “non commercial” flight instructional tasks which are paid in line with other VA instructors on an hour by hour basis. Schedules are allocated at the beginning of each month with instructional days usually consisting of between 5 and 7 flying hours per day. Schedules are handed out each month and you must maintain an exceptionally high instructional standard which will be reviewed from time to time.
Those simply wanting to check the box
For those wanting to simply complete the course but not actually undertake paid for sessions, you will benefit from a massive hourly reduction in simulator hire on both the full motion and fixed base simulators. You will also be able to operate these machines solo bringing in family and friends whenever you wish.
Does this course count towards a real flying licence?
Unfortunately NOT, however you could log this time within your flight log book under the synthetic training tab, however it would certainly lesson training time which would save you thousands of pounds in training cost. In addition once you achieved an ATPL / ME IR then this time would be looked extremely favourably by the airlines. In all but 3 cases VA instructors have gone on to fly with the airlines and all have cited this job as being critical to their gaining an airline placement.