Are there any flight simulators available for private pilot training?

Develop your VFR and IFR skills The Gleim BATD virtual cockpit offers the best immersive experience with a global navigation database and more than 33,000 instrumental procedures.

Gleim's X-Plane flight training course includes all of the flight classes for private pilots from our FAA-approved curriculum.

The X-Plane 11 is surprising because of its capacity and realism. In our opinion, it's still the best tool for training at home. Using a flight simulator while working with your private pilot's license is a great advantage.

It allows you to practice procedures, learn about frequently used airports and familiarize yourself with avionics. Having a domestic flight simulator allows you to practice everything you're learning in your flight classes at home. Whether you are thinking of obtaining your private pilot's license or if you want to obtain other titles, such as instrument or commercial quality, you can use the simulator throughout your training and after it to remain competent. The minimum number of hours of flight training required by the FAA before you can do the private pilot check is 40 hours.

Since World War II, professional and amateur pilots have relied on simulators to train in a pleasant environment where they don't risk death or injury due to lack of experience, mechanical failures or bad weather. We tested this program with pilots who had never set up or used a simulator before and, following the videos, they were able to set up a completely new computer with everything they needed to carry out productive training flights. Unlike domestic simulators, training simulators are subject to strict Federal Aviation Administration regulations that dictate how they should be built and used in training. Keith Smith is an experienced instrument pilot and founder and developer of PilotEdge, the award-winning network that provides real (human) ATC interactions to pilots who fly and train in flight simulators.