Elite P1-135 Professional Flight Simulator
- Dual VOR, Single Glideslope
- Garmin 430 WAAS
- IFR Certified
- Compatible with Foreflight on iPad (Real time nav data off of your ipad that is linked to the sim for approach plates, low enroute charts, and sectionals)
- Beech Bonanza A36
- Beech Baron 58
- Cessna 172
- Cessna 182S
- Cessna 182RG
- Piper Archer III
- Piper Arrow IV
- Piper Seneca III
- Socata TB10
- Socata TB20
- King Air B200
Flight Simulator Benefits
- 10 hours towards your Instrument Rating
- 2.5 hours towards your Private Pilot
- Instrument Currency
- Garmin 430 WAAS familiarization
- Intercom System for realism
- Emergency Scenarios (severe icing, engine failures, vacuum failures, and more)
- Airline Interview Prep
What It Is, And What It Isn’t
An IFR lesson that would normally take up to three hours at the airport (from the time you show up to the time you leave, including preflight, filing flight plans, etc.) can be completed in the sim in half the time and for less than half the cost of actually flying. However, the most common complaint we get is that, “it doesn’t fly like a real airplane.” Our response to that is, it isn’t supposed to.
The Elite PI-135 Flight Simulator is not designed to teach a student how to fly an airplane, so it doesn’t behave exactly like one. That’s the realm of high-fidelity, full-motion, and very expensive simulators like the Redbird FMX. But do you really need fancy graphics and flight control feedback to practice your instrument scan, or fly an approach? We think not.
The Elite flight Simulator features a Garmin GNS430W simulator that is perfect for students who are trying to learn all of the features of this highly capable IFR-certified GPS, but don’t want to spend $160 an hour or more doing so in a real airplane.
One drawback of the Elite PI-135 flight simulator is that it cannot be used to complete an Instrument Proficiency Check (IPC). This must be done in an airplane, as stipulated in FAR 61.57(d). However, if it’s been a very long time since you’ve flown IFR and you need an IPC, the sim is still an excellent, efficient and economical way to brush up on your IFR skills and scan before you go out and fly an IPC with an instructor.
The abilities for the simulator are endless. For private Students we can practice VOR orientation and tracking as well as emergency flows before wasting expensive hours in the plane. The whole purpose of this simulator is to improve your skills as a pilot by saving you a lot of money!
The FAA recently approved an update to Part 61 that allows the use of an Aviation Training Device (ATD) to maintain instrument currency without the supervision of a flight instructor. Under this new rule, instrument rated pilots can maintain instrument currency within the standard 6 month window using an ATD in the same manner as flying an airplane. The new rule takes effect on July 27, 2018.
This new rule will significantly reduce the cost and burden on an instrument rated pilot of staying current. For those of you considering an instrument rating, go for it! This new rule will make it much cheaper to keep up your skills to fly in the clouds.
Please note that if the simulator is being used to log time towards a rating (i.e. training towards a private or instrument rating), an instructor MUST still be present.
In light of this new rule, the PI-135 BATD (Basic Aviation Training Device) simulator will now be available for renters to complete a checkout. Once a simulator checkout has been complete, renters will be able to use the PI-135 without instructor supervision, in order to practice and log instrument approaches toward currency.
The full text of the final rule approval can be read here: