Simulated flight allows a pilot to fly anytime and in any weather without putting personal safety at risk and allows scenarios that would be dangerous in an airplane to be viewed as good training instead. This provides invaluable experience to pilots that is directly applicable to real-world scenarios. In a simulator, pilots are able to practice situations like difficult approaches or technical landings multiple times without using extra fuel or time, and without the high risk of real flight. There is even a practical benefit – sim flight saves aircraft from the wear and tear of extended training flight! All in all, simulated flight contributes to a safer and better-trained pilot and offers valuable experience that would otherwise be difficult to obtain.
BEFA pilots have access to a simulator from Redbird. The Redbird simulator may be used to satisfy the flight portion of a BEFA IFR/VFR six-month check-ride provided the pilot has accomplished a six-month check in an aircraft within the preceding eight months. All required landings must be accomplished according to the check-ride matrix. The Redbird may not be used for consecutive six-month check-rides.
The BEFA Redbird Flight Simulator currently supports the following:
- C172S with Analog gauges
- C172 with G1000 avionics
- Cirrus SR20 with Avidyne