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New Level of Services, Training at National Flight Simulator
October 2017 - National Flight Simulator, LLC, a simulator-based recurrent training center and home to the local EAA IMC Club located at the Manchester-Boston Regional Airport (MHT) in New Hampshire, has significantly upgraded one of its Elite iGate advanced aviation training devices (AATDs). This FAA-approved trainer is capable of representing a wide variety of business-class piston twins and high-performance singles, and turboprop singles and twins. It also offers authorized recurrent and initial training requirements for insurance.
Stephen Cunningham, owner/operator of National Flight Simulator and founder of one of the first IMC Club chapters in 2010, said, “This is the first of some improvements underway.” He indicated that beginning this September, National Flight Simulator started offering a very affordable multiengine rating package that will include simulator and aircraft training (Baron 55). Also, underway, he stated, is an “ATP practical prep course, combining simulator, ground school, and aircraft (Baron 55), culminating in a checkride with a DPE.”
In addition to all of the fixed-wing simulator training offered at National Flight Simulator, currently under testing and evaluation is the Frasca TruFlite H helicopter simulator. This unit is capable of providing VFR and IFR training in the Robinson R22 and R44 plus the Schweizer 300 series helicopter. Cunningham expects the evaluation of this simulator to be completed by the end of September and to be ready for clients to begin helicopter training in early October. Fixed-wing pilots will be able to earn an “add-on” rating using this simulator (7.5 hours) along with the required training in an R22 or R44 helicopter that will be available through a strategic relationship with C-R Helicopters of Nashua, New Hampshire.
National Flight Simulator uses four FAA-approved Elite iGate AATDs along with a FlyThisSim TouchTrainer to provide pilots with a full range of instrument training programs. This includes the required six approaches in six months (FAR 61.57) six approaches in six months to IPCs, instrument ratings up through and including insurance-required annual recurrent training, and initial or transition training for those pilots “stepping up” in aircraft category.