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who are truly on the front lines when it comes to training. Newly certified 200 hour instructors need to know they can put students in realistic, high pressure situations without compromising safety. We rely on our A&P’s to keep the hel- icopters, not just airworthy, but safe and available for stu- dents 24/7/365. Together, with the right equipment, this vil- lage prepares the best of the best of newly trained pilots entering today’s market. Procedural. Systematic. Theoretical. This is how the


majority of flight school students describe instrument train- ing. In the past, primary helicopter instrument instruction in the civilian training industry has lacked real world appli- cation. One reason for this deficit is because there are few helicopter training programs that have access to IFR certi- fied aircraft as opposed to just IFR trainers. A second com- ponent is because there are few instructors that have actual instrument experience. These two factors have led the pri-


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mary helicopter flight training industry to approach instru- ment courses on a theoretical basis. As an industry, we have choices. We can teach proce-


dure, systematic reactions and approach instrument train- ing as a theoretical, conceptual method of flying that you may or may not use during your career. However, evolving technology offers us the opportunity to enhance the stu- dent’s experience by introducing them to the innovative, modern world of learning with a Flight Training Device (FTD). As a flight school, we are not reinventing the wheel. For example, in advanced helicopter training markets, FlightSafety International has spent years delivering its training through simulation based models. Also, simulation training is not just limited to the helicopter industry. Doctors practice procedures using simulation all the time. Using this reasoning, it’s a no brainer to see how the concept would carry over into the helicopter world. When given the option to purchase an FTD, Mountain Ridge jumped at the chance. The opportunity to have


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