As some of you know, I’m in the process of upgrading to commander. 2 weeks of ground school is complete. Now awaits 5 sim lessons and a skilltest. After 17 years as a first officer, of which 12 are on type, I feel I am as well prepared as I could possibly get.
However, viewing the cockpit from a new angle, and teaching the hands to swap duties takes some effort!
I have made myself a new flightsim, to help me through the training… Hey! Stop laughing! If it’s stupid and it works, it ain’t stupid.
Congratulations on your upgrade @Troll !
On the business/corporate side of flying, at least over here in the US, the airplane is almost always flown from the left seat.
I was never a CFI, so I think I have only made two or three landings from the right seat in a real airplane. We do have to check off a right seat landing in the sim at each training event though (every 6 months).
Takes considerable skill to build something like this, I can tell you!
I’m afraid that might teach some of my muscles to relax in the wrong situation…
I’ve heard that. We fly every other sector. With 8-9 sectors a day, you have to share the load
Also, being commander you have to qualify for both seats. We do a lot of lower rank commander flying due to airfield recency demands.
Just to be clear, we do swap legs. It just means that there is a 50/50 chance the guy/gal in the left seat is the SIC on that particular day. In a business/corporate flight department, it is not uncommon for every pilot to be captain qualified. We generally take it in turns to be the PIC on a trip by trip basis.
This was my hotel room paper simulator when I was going through Challenger 604 initial training. I have similar posters for the CE550 Citation II and Global Express. Very useful for learning flows and where everything is!
I am not much of an Airbus fan, but after watching this preview last night of the upcoming FlightFactor A320, I could be. Wow.
Question for you pros - if you had a consumer sim that was modeled accurately enough that it allowed operation of the aircraft by your company’s POH, and you used a VR setup, would that not be sufficient for supplementing your official training? In other words, unless your company has it’s own commercial simulators, there must be some variances in the installed equipment or software if you lease time on one, right?
I used a DHC8 add-on for FS when I did the initial course, 12 years ago.
I would’ve loved to have a VR compatible cockpit to work with! I actually bought a 360 camera to take a pic from the left hand seat, to use with my phone and a cardboard VR box. Alas, the resolution of the camera wasn’t good enough.
In a few years though, this will be how we train. At least as a supplement.
In my company we have a Flight Training Device with basic outside visuals. No motion, but still nice to simulate the flight phases as you practise the procedures.
The CAA approved training has to be performed in a full flightsim though.