My flight school already has a simulator (such as a Redbird). Shouldn’t I use that since it’s more realistic than a desktop simulation?

  • For some topics, like those involving motion, seat of the pants feel, or dependence on muscle memory, yes.
  • However, consider that if you’re trying to save money, the Redbird likely costs upwards of $80/hr to operate.  A desktop simulator costs $0/hr.
  • Other advantages of desktop training:
    • train from the convenience of home
    • can easily record/replay maneuvers

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