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Flight Simulators And Other Training Devices  
User currently offlineIndianguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (14 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 1647 times:

Cost of operating a Flight SImulator.

What are the types/categories of FLight Simulators available (i mean the REAL ones)? What is the cost of acquiring and operating them? And how do the economics work out for training pilots?

ALso how do simulators compare with the option of using smaller Learjet sized aircraft for the same purpose?

I am especially interested in simulators for the A32X/737 sized aircraft?

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User currently offlineIndianguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (14 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 1627 times:


User currently offlineFreya From Belgium, joined Dec 2001, 42 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (14 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 1621 times:

Indianguy..Its rather a wide ranging set of questions you ask! You have to really start by deciding what level of approval you want the sim to have - for example a state - of the art sim with zero flight time approval for type conversion is going to be a lot more expensive than a fixed base procedure trainer. As a VERY rough guide you would be looking at around 15 - 20 million us dollars for a new build zero flight time sim for a modern transport jet. Hourly rate ? Depends on supply and demand of course but around 750 usd per hour without Instructor would be in the ball park. No, use of a small jet for such training is not an alternative cos a very considerable part of the sim advantage is demonstration and practice resolution of system malfunctions or emergencies which are either impossible or too hazardous to perform in actual flight.

User currently offlineGocaps16 From Japan, joined Jan 2000, 4410 posts, RR: 17
Reply 3, posted (14 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 1613 times:

Are you saying you want to fly in a flight simulator and your not a pilot in training to fly them? Kinda sounds like a suspicious activity. No offense to you.

They are good for training in the worse scenerios ever that can't be performed in an actual airplane, which keeps the pilots very well in emergency procedures and flying in worse weather conditions.

Some flight schools have biz. jet simulators for corporate type ratings and ATPL.


User currently offlineIndianguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (14 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 1610 times:

Hey GoCaps: Its NOT what u think! Gosh! Get over it already!

A local airline is going in for some heavy duty investment on simulators. So that just set me wondering.

They operate around 30 odd 737 sized eqpt. i was just wondering that for such a small fleet wouldnt it have been better if they hired out time on sims from other carriers (as they ahve been doing till now).

And at $750 ph seems way cheaper than going in for a $60m investment(@20m apiece!)

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