The Benefits Of Scenario-Based Simulation
You bought the fancy new airplane
with the glass cockpit... or, you upgraded to a Garmin GPS unit in
your current plane. What do you do now? Read the manual, you'll
retain about 10% of the information but probably cure your
insomnia. Listen to a training DVD, you'll hold on to about 5% of
what you listen to.
Why not try scenario-based, guided simulation? Studies have
shown With this method, you'll keep about 75% of what you learn
under your belt.
Pegasus Interactive, which started in 1997, has your GPS
solution in their Vflite GNS 530/430 training Discs. These computer
based training programs guide your learning with realistic
emulators, detailed narration and feedback helping you get more
value out of your investment. The GPS discs cover over 40 topics
including screen layout, page options, creating user waypoints,
airspace information and much more. IFR procedures for the GNS
530/430 are included as well.
Two discs are available Vflite GNS 530/430 Interactive Guide and
Vflite GNS 530/430 Advanced Training Series. The FAA has adopted
the use of both discs to assist in training FAA Inspectors at FSDO
offices around the country. Since the Garmin GNS 530 and 430
systems are used by many Part 135 operation the FAA inspectors
benefit from additional knowledge while giving checkrides.
Also available is software for Lowrance AirMap 2000c, 1000 and
500... and Garmin GPSMap 196, 296, 396 and 496. The discs are Mac
and Windows compatible.
Pegasus Interactive's acquisition of Momentum in April 2006
expanded the Vflite line to include Weight and Balance and CFI
tools. Pegasus added their own ingredients to the discs for
The Weight and Balance Visualizer almost makes weight and
balance fun. The discs are available for most light single engine
piston airplanes, like Cessna, Piper and Cirrus. On initial set up
the pilot will enter her aircraft's actual weight, which is then
saved for future uses. You can also load frequent passenger weight
Loading your airplane properly is critical to safety. The Vflite
program visually shows the Center of Gravity limits of the aircraft
and where the CG lies with the people and fuel you have entered.
The program will tell you when you are out of CG range. No more
long hand calculations with the possibility of error.
The other disc is CFI iTools, topics include navigation, holding
and lighting with more topics planned for the future. Once again
the interactivity will help the student retain more of what they
see. The navigation topic had the ability to show the aircraft
position as the user sets various radials on the VOR but an even
better tool was the ability to hide the aircraft, set a VOR radial
and allow the student to show where the aircraft should be located.
Displaying the aircraft will show the student whether they are
correct or not.
What's next on the line for Vflite? They take on the Garmin
G1000. No date has been set yet for the release... but it will be
some time in the new year.