Transitioning from Instructor to Airline Pilot
Practice makes perfect! You’ve been working hard fostering the talent of student pilots, but what about your flying technique? We have no doubt that you are an excellent instructor and know the procedures backwards and forwards, but do you have the muscle memory for precise instrument procedures while handling other complicated tasks?
Creating Muscle Memory
Muscle memory is when your body remembers a skill or movement on its own. If we haven’t practiced the skill in a while, we may remember how to do it, but actually performing the skill is difficult and clunky. Sure, you can watch and instruct a student through an instrument approach, but can you do it yourself while flying at a faster speed in a new airplane?
Imagine if a professional baseball player had to think about how to swing every time they were up to bat. They wouldn’t be very good! Instead, they spend time practicing the movement so that they retain muscle memory.
Why Muscle Memory is Important
Muscle memory is the baseline level of skills you should have while flying. As a new hire at an airline, it is dangerous to have to think about basic instrument procedures while also learning the aircraft system, 121 regulations, SOPs, and working in a multi-crew environment.
More than that, you don’t want to risk failing your training. If you do, it will be recorded on your permanent FAA record, and will be a part of every future airline job interview you have from then on.
Consider some of these scenarios. Ask yourself if you could complete them successfully:
- Can you load a Departure/Arrival Procedure, brief it under 5 minutes and then fly it right away?
- Are you comfortable setting up the Flight Director and using the autopilot?
- Are you ready to load an instrument approach in the FLight Management System (FMS), set up the approach, and brief it, all at an unfamiliar airport?
You should also consider that if your instrument skills are not kept at an acceptable level, you risk missing out on a $50,000 bonus from regional airlines. Or worse, you could lose the job.
Our G1000 Simulator can emulate a King Air 200 G1000 NXi, which allows us to create Instrument Scenarios simular to those that you will encounter during your new hire training.
The G1000 simulator also has similar automation/autopilot that you will find in many modern airplanes. Working as airline pilots ourselves, we have flown actual Lear Jets, Dash-8, Embraer 145, Airbus 320, Boeing 737. Even though there are some differences between the simulator and the planes, the G1000 Automation is an excellent trainer for those transitioning between instructing and active piloting.
We understand what it’s like to keep up with training, and we’re here to establish a workflow that works for you to help you stay on track and up to snuff.
What Our Fellow Pilots Have To Say About Us:
…When you live in the city getting to a flight school can be tough…If you want something convenient to help keep your skills fresh, try training at this facility and ask for Julian. It helps keeps the rust off and more! I highly recommend it.
A really fantastic set-up to practice, learn or gain new skills. This can help at any stage of your flying career. The team takes the time to find out what you are trying to achieve and is incredibly supportive. Well worth a visit!
Julian and his team provide a time-efficient way to pilot training right in Manhattan. Multiple locations, flight conditions, combined with Pilot Edge that is a “live” ATC is both highly effective and convenient. I highly recommend this training for any student pilot who wants to practice in Manhattan without the hassles of getting out to an airport. I have learned a lot from Julian which I am incorporating into my flight studies.
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