Red Bird Simulator
“What time can I log on the Redbird?”
The question always comes up, “What can I put in my logbook when I fly the Redbird?”
Basically, here are the rules:
In general, an instructor must be present to count time toward any rating. It doesn’t matter if you are a student, private pilot or instrument rated. When it comes to credit toward a rating, a student can apply none of the simulator time toward the 40 hours, but some of the 3 hours needed on instrument training may be done on the simulator. For instrument students up to 10 of the 40 hours instrument time can be on a BATD, Basic Aviation Training Device. For anyone pursuing commercial up to 50 of the 250 hours can be done on the simulator. This simulator has two panels, glass and steam gauge panel which are interchangeable. Call today to learn more.
RED BIRD TD2 – TESTIMONIALS
There are countless video games on the market that simulates flying in, well, let’s just say some bizarre and unrealistic situations where the purpose is to score points and beat an opponent. Yes, they are fun and challenging, but not very practical or helpful when it comes to actually flying. For those who have never flown a real airplane, though, this may come as close as they will ever get to the real thing.
However, the Bloomsburg airport offers an opportunity to experience real, life-like flying without even leaving the ground. Whether you’re a novice who has never sat in a small aircraft or a seasoned pilot with multiple ratings and hours of flying time in a logbook, the Redbird Flight Simulator, with its feel, sights and sounds, inspires the sense of actual flying.
Read what many of the Sim users have to say about why they like the Redbird and the many ways they have benefited from using it.
Take Their Word for It
Charlie Kurian, a student pilot, was encouraged by his instructor to use the simulator before his actual first flight in the instruction aircraft to help get familiar with the instruments and feel of the plane.
“It is a great tool. It gave me confidence to get in the instruction plane and I look forward to continuing to use it.” Charlie went on to say, “Definitely down the road I want to incorporate more flying in my life and the simulator will help me in acquiring other ratings.”
Phil Polstra is a CFII with over 19 years of instructing experience. He also teaches advanced ground and instrument courses. In addition, Phil holds a commercial single engine and helicopter rating and is a certified airframe and power plant mechanic along with inspection authorization. With more than 30 years of flying experience and over 4,000 hours logged, Phil has made N13 his home base for the past six years.
“The Redbird is definitely useful for instrument students, helping them get familiar with proper instrument scanning technique and having the ability to hit the pause button when flying approaches in a simulated IMC environment.”
Although Phil feels the Redbird is primarily an instrument training tool, he believes it is still very useful to help teach basic flying skills and prepare students for flying real aircraft.
“The Redbird is also good for transition training such as from a 172 to a retract or high-performance aircraft,” said Phil, adding, “For example, when do you retract the gear on an approach to land, reduce power and extend flaps? Also, it’s a great transitional training tool when going from a steam gauge equipped aircraft to a glass panel.
Since Redbird Flight Simulators first hit the market, the company has constantly improved and expanded their product line. The TD2 Model is equipped to offer everything you need, except full motion, to get the “real deal” sensation of flying.
So, there you have it…testimonies from pilots who have found numerous reasons to take the Redbird Flight Simulator for a ride. Perhaps you’re curious if it can help you with your flying, too. What better ways to find out than to speak with those that have already discovered its benefits? Or, better yet, why not jump on board and try it out for yourself.
Roy Boyd, another new subscriber on the Redbird, said, “I want to use it to check out airports I’ve never visited before but I plan to eventually fly into.” Roy also commented, “I’ll use it to keep my flying skills sharp when bad weather prohibits actual flying.”
Sam Andrews recently purchased the five-hour block time special and, although he hasn’t started using it yet, he said he’s familiar with the simulator at N13 because he has used one just like it before at another airport to maintain his IFR proficiency. “The Redbird is a pretty nifty tool.” Adding, “It is very realistic.”
Terry Cornell has found the Redbird simulator extremely helpful in “knocking off the rust” since getting back into flying. Now the proud owner of a 1971 E model Piper Aztec, he’s pursuing a twin engine IFR rating and has found, with over 15 hours already logged on the Redbird, that it is a lot cheaper to practice instrument approaches on the simulator.
The Redbird TD2 is the first table-mounted BATD, Basic Aviation Training Device, designed with the ergonomics of flight in mind. This simulator, with rudder pedals represents a single engine piston aircraft equipped with the G1000 glass configuration or a standard 6-pack of steam gauges. With the TD2 you can choose to fly with or without retractable landing gear, a constant speed propeller and/or a high-performance engine. This simulator is programmed with a complete terrain and airport database and comes equipped with computer, monitor, instrument panel, keyboard and speakers and, to make the experience even more realistic, the Redbird at Bloomsburg has a multi-panel display screen.
Geoff Knauth: “I never had an issue staying IFR current because I flew enough approaches flying for the Civil Air Patrol in the past. I have to remain instrument current to be mission ready.” Continuing, Geoff remarked, “My CAP flying, however, is suffering because of the Covid-19 situation. I could use an instructor/safety pilot, but with the pandemic, it’s hard to find one.” Geoff has found the Redbird helps keep him compliant, stating, “It’s an inexpensive way to stay current, using it to practice approaches, holds, missed approaches and go-arounds; all the essential procedures I need.
Shane Wright: “I have one hour on the simulator so far, but with what I’ve done on it already I can see it’s really helpful.” As a student pilot, Shane sees the economic benefit of using the simulator and added, “I’ll continue to use it to practice flying in bad weather. I think it’s a good way to stay fresh and current.”
Tom Hall: “I first signed up for the simulator last February just before the Covid-19 problem reared its ugly head, and due to a skiing accident back then, I’m still unable to fly a real airplane. The Redbird has enabled me to substitute real-time flying and maintain competence. I’ve already re-upped my subscription to continue using it.”
Tom continued, “The simulator is conveniently located and easily accessible. N13 is a wonderful airport just full of personality. The simulator is also a good excuse to stop by the airport and sample BJ’s great homemade cookies.”
Now, let’s take a look at the benefits of using the Redbird from the prospective of a flight instructor.