The Ottawa Flying Club, in partnership with the Museum of Aviation, can now offer simulator based instruction on a full motion Redbird simulator located at the museum. The Redbird provides a unique training experience for students and can be used for IFR re-rides.
The Redbird FMX is a high-quality, feature-rich motion simulator. It includes wrap-around visuals, a fully enclosed cockpit, reconfigurable construction, and of course a motion platform.
We have just made the arrangements to access this simulator and it is now available for training. There will likely be some bugs at the beginning as we sort out the administration so bear with us.
Eventually, the simulator will be available on our Flight Sheets and can be booked in the normal manner. We will have to coordinate the instructor's travel to the Museum so ensure you communicate with the instructor.
Until we get the administrative bugs worked out, please call Dispatch and request a session in the simulator. We will make arrangements and call you back to fix a schedule date.
The cost of the simulator will be $90 per hour plus the instructor fees and taxes. Basic flight training will cost $142 per hour plus tax and advanced training will cost $154 per hour.
Contact Dispatch today to make your booking. 613-523-2142.
Want to do some flying, but the weather's not favouring your flight plan? Why not make use of a bad weather day to brush up on your instrument and other flying skills?
Students and Members can now take advantage of solo/rental use of the new Simulator
In order for you to use the Simulator on your own, we ask that you complete a quick 'checkout', as you would for any of the fleet aircraft with one of our Instructors, where they will show you the ins and outs of the Sim's multiple features. After this they will sign off your logbook as "OK for Solo Sim Use". Then you're free to use the sim at your convenience.
The Sim will be treated as the rest of the OFC fleet, so before getting the keys you will have to be 'signed out' by Dispatch to get the keys to the Sim room, then signed back in when you are done. The Solo rate for the Sim is $35.00/hr.
OFC is pleased to announce that our new simulator has been certified for use by Transport Canada today. Chris Busch, who has been the driving force behind the simulator, performed the certification tests under the watchful eyes of two Transport Canada inspectors.
The new simulator, a CR-12 model from Precision Flight Controls, will give OFC the ability to perform single and multi-engine aircraft training, with excellent graphics and an modern instrument panel complete with Garmin 430. The instrument panel is modeled after the Beech Duchess so the training in the simulator is directly relevant to the training in the actual aircraft. The same checklists are used and the switches are all in the same position. The benefits to multi-engine training are fantastic.
The new simulator will be available to rent for instruction shortly. Note that we will not be renting this simulator for solo flights. A few people have enjoyed playing on it before it was certified. Now that the certification is complete, the simulator will be treated just like the real aircraft and used only for its intended purpose. While it is a serious tool, it is still seriously fun training.
Give us some feedback once you get the chance to fly it.