PC-simulated flight instruction is offered in tandem with the Private Pilot and Instrument Pilot ground training to prepare students for careers in flight. The greatest benefit of training extensively using PC-flight training devices for simulated flight training is that it greatly reduces the time and cost required to learn maneuvers during actual flight training. Students who complete advanced simulator training can accomplish in a few hours of actual flight instruction what others need many more hours to achieve.
In the private pilot simulator course, students must demonstrate competency in flight dynamics and flight skills by completing all of the maneuvers that real-life pilots must master. Stalls, slow flight, recovery from unusual attitudes, climbing and descending turns, and cross country flights are a few of the many flight skills GKWFA pilots must master. Like real pilots, they also must learn how to communicate with a control tower, interpret basic meteorology, and prepare for, evaluate, and execute flight related decisions. The learning is progressive, with successful completion of each set of maneuvers, the students proceed to the next set of flight maneuvers.
Planning and executing an instrument flight plan, intercepting VORs, precision approach localizers, and glideslopes, and successful navigation of victor airways are among the many things that GKWFA pilots must master to attain what many pilots consider to be the hardest certificate to earn–an Instrument Rating. Like the private pilot training, the instrument training is progressive and responsive to student progress and aptitude.
GKWFA also offers simulated commercial flight training. To earn their simulated Commercial Pilots license, pilots must master flight control and performance to a greater degree of accuracy. Students must log a minimum of 250 hours of simulated flight time in order to be eligible to take the the FAA Commercial Pilot practice written exam.