The three VLJs currently flying (Mustang, Phenom 100, and Eclipse) all initially experienced between 30% and 50% failure rates on type rides, largely because of non-existent or inadequate pilot preparation for the type course. It's important to remember that the large training organizations' job isn't to turn pilots into jet pilots- it's to turn jet pilots into typed pilots.
We offer the following customizable, a la cart, modules so that you can focus on the areas you need the most work, and arrive at your type course confident and prepared.
Your first session in the simulator will have you flying approaches to minimums, and there is zero time allotted for teaching pilots to fly instruments. Tailored to your needs will be a review of:
- Attitude Flying
- SIDs and STARs, including Obstacle Departure Procedures
GLASS COCKPIT OPERATIONS
VLJ examiners say the vast majority of failures on type rides are not for inability to fly a jet, but rather for inability to master the intricacies of the aircraft's avionics. Using a full featured avionics simulator learn:
- Interpreting tape-style displays and other PFD instruments
- "Buttonology" and system architecture
- Autopilot modes, tricks and traps
- GPS and WAAS approaches
- Advanced GPS operations
JET AIRCRAFT SYSTEMS AND OPERATIONAL TOPICS
Type courses aren't designed to teach how an engine works, but how your engine works. Learn the basics of jet aircraft systems and operational issues, including:
- Turbofan engine theory
- Electric, hydraulic, and pressurization systems
- Jet runway and climb performance issues
Prepare for your specific aircraft type by reviewing the items pilots consistently find the most difficult to absorb during the fast-paced type course:
- Normal and abnormal/ emergency profiles
- Memory items
- Aircraft limitations
- Systems overview
Whether due to insurance requirements or recognition that simulator schools are only the first step in mastering a jet aircraft, most pilots will receive in-aircraft mentoring after the type course is complete. Building on what is learned in simulator training, we will take the abstract and make it concrete, as well as introduce information and skills not covered in simulator training.
The result? A confident, safe jet pilot, rather than a simply "legal"
What type rating courses do not always cover, and mentoring does:
- Crew Resource Management, especially how to formulate procedures that will work well in a crew or single pilot environment
- Profiles and callouts to enhance safety in SP or crew operations
- Weather hazards new to transitioning turbine pilots and how to avoid them, such as optimal air-born radar use and ground de-icing procedures
- Visual approaches- often one of the most difficult approaches to execute well in the real airplane
- Advanced IFR and GPS topics like User Waypoints, Obstacle Departure Procedures, and harnessing the full power of Synthetic Vision Systems
- Single pilot jet accident categories and risk mitigation strategies; what type of accident is most represented in owner-flown jets, and what factors are typically found in every such accident? What factor is almost always found in runway under-runs?