Shortly after accepting the keys to a new Piper Seminole, Jerry Gregoire of Redbird Flight Simulations told AVweb that its initial results in training students with an intensively simulator-based program have proven positive. Redbird has been operating the program for a little over two months and graduated about 20 students. Gregoire says Redbird offers the program for a flat feet of $9,500 to the private pilot certificate, which he says is far less than the national average, according to Redbird's analysis of AOPA flight training cost averages. The Redbird program is not hours-based but involves training to proficiency in specific skill areas. It can also involve the student flying the simulator solo to practice maneuvers that he or she may be having trouble with. The student can also self-evaluate before moving on to the next task.
Redbird says it's collecting biometric data from its simulators to understand how people learn flying skills in order to improve the simulator-based program. The new Seminole, Gregoire said, will be used as a flying laboratory to collect more data to refine the program. To hear the full podcast with Gregoire, click here.
Some airplanes look fast standing still and when you put them against a pure blue South Dakota sky they seem to race across your screen. Geoff Sobering nabs this week's honors with this AirVenture Cup challenger flown by Wes and Alex Parker. They came third in their class. Nice work, Geoff.