Flight Simulators – Worth the Trip!


Few things can enhance your piloting skills better or more cost-effectively than simulator training. A sim can help at the beginning of your training, assist you in obtaining your instrument rating, help you stay current, and improve your skillset.

Consider it the perfect opportunity to enhance your pilot skills during the long, cold winter months. And in a warm environment that lets you pause the maneuver and reset to practice it again.

For anyone who graduated from an aviation university years ago, stepping back into a simulator reveals how technology continues to explode with improvements to visualization and graphics that are phenomenal. The ability to experience a wide range of flying conditions (such as mountain flying for the first time without peril), as well as confidence-building sessions, is an invaluable tool.

Do you remember the famous US Airways plane emergency landing in the Hudson River? Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger recalled that his time spent in a simulator was helpful to him at that critical moment.

In 2016, the FAA increased the aviation training device (ATD) hours pilots can credit towards an instrument rating.  The agency also changed 141 pilot school regulations to allow more ATD credit while training at your FAA-certified flight school.  Details on these changes from the FAA may be found here.

Here at Avemco Insurance Company, we believe so strongly in the value of flight simulators that we invested in a Redbird model in 2012, that is used to introduce the basics of flight to our staff.  When you call Avemco®, you are speaking to an Aviation Insurance Specialist who, at the very least, has logged flight simulator experience and perhaps is taking flight lessons or might even be a pilot.

How important do we think sim training is? When you contact Avemco, mention that you are taking simulator sessions at your local FBO or flight school, and we’ll give you a discount on your policy*.

* Premium credits are subject to underwriting guidelines. 

Marci is the Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing and has been with Avemco since 1986, serving the insurance needs of general aviation aircraft owners and pilots.  She holds a property/casualty insurance and life health license in all 50 states and has extensive knowledge of aviation insurance and the aircraft that Avemco covers.  Marci is active in Avemco’s loss prevention efforts by developing educational programs and training for her staff.  She has been a member of Women in Aviation International (WAI) since 2001 and a member of the local DC chapter.  In March 2015, Marci was elected to the Women in Aviation International Board of Directors and was selected as Vice-Chair of WAI in 2017. In March 2018, Marci was elected to serve as Chair of the Board of Directors of Women in Aviation International for a term of two years. In April 2019, she received the prestigious Good Company Award from Tokio Marine, and in April 2020, was nominated for the Geneva Association’s “Women in Insurance” Award.

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