Why do I need a CFI? Can’t I practice using a desktop simulator on my own?

  • The value you get from simulator training, and the likelihood of not developing bad habits, is highly dependent on the quality of the instruction you receive.  An FAA-certified instructor is trained in the fundamentals of teaching and learning. One of the most important aspects of this is the “law of primacy”, which the FAA describes as:
    • Primacy, the state of being first, often creates a strong, almost unshakable impression and underlies the reason an instructor must teach correctly the first time and the student must learn correctly the first time.
  • A high-quality real-world instructor will be able to teach you properly, using real-world procedures and airmanship thinking, from day 1.  This will help to avoid costly “reteaching” of material and fixing bad habits you would otherwise develop on your own, without the help of an instructor.

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