|Quoting nupogodi (Reply 35):|
Quoting Starlionblue (Reply 32):
You're not going to learn much about flying an airliner by continuing to fly a Cessna 172 if you already have a commercial license. However you would learn a huge amount in a few hours in a certified "Flight Training Device" (non-moving sim) with a certified instructor. (Note not the same as an "entertainment sim".)
I know this :P But this isn't a certified simulator, is it? Someone trying to build hours sure wouldn't touch it.
Leaving aside the home builds, many "retail sims" have at least some level of certification as Flight Training Devices for instrument and procedures training. So they do have training utility. Do you really need full motion to practice engine out procedures or instrument approaches? I mean sure, at one point you have to go to the full motion to accurately model the aircraft, but you can probably do much of the training without full motion.
Even setting aside that, if you're trying to get a job at an airline, you can get a lot of training done in an FTD for a reasonable price, without buying much more expensive time in a full motion sim. This is the case whether you are already type rated or not. For the price of 4 hours in a full motion sim (which is also really hard to book), you can get 25+ hours in an FTD. Sure, it's not as good, but I bet an inexperienced pilot will learn more in those 25 than he would in the 4 in a FMS.
The quality of the training is largely dependent on how you perform it. I spent fifty hours with a Cessna 172 FTD preparing for my instrument rating. (FAA CPL allows substituting 50 of the 250 hours minimum with time in an FTD). This cost less than half of what the real plane cost. I could do it without constant instructor supervision (they'd check logs and come in every ten minutes or so) and I could practice many more approaches with less stress.