Oshkosh, WI, July 29, 2011 — Today, at AirVenture, John and Martha King of King Schools announced that they will partner with Redbird Flight Simulations to provide simulator-centric flight training in combination with Cessna’s scenario-based training curriculum. This will take place at Redbird’s soon to be opened ProFlight Academy flight school and development laboratory. Proflight Academy will be housed in the new Redbird Skyport at the San Marcos, Texas, airport.
“Solving the two major problems in general aviation, the student dropout rate and the fatality rate, requires this fundamental change in the way flight training is conducted,” said John King. “And this program is designed to demonstrate how it will work,” King continued.
“The ProFlight Academy development laboratory will be a Cessna Pilot Center and will utilize a simulator-centric flight training curriculum that integrates knowledge and flight training, together with affordable, full-motion, visual flight simulation” Martha King commented. “By utilizing Redbird full-motion simulators with +200°, wrap-around visual systems, pilot’s will be able to practice all VFR private pilot maneuvers right in the simulator,” added Martha. “This will make the time in the airplane more efficient since the customer will be simply demonstrating what they have already learned in a practical scenario-based situation,” continued Martha. “The goal is that by using scenario-based training that makes abnormal situations realistic, we will produce pilots truly ready to be pilot-in-command,’’ added John.
“The combination of Redbird’s sophisticated flight simulation products and Cessna’s new online scenario-based training will provide a very productive and predictable experience for aspiring pilots who are managing busy schedules,” said ProFlight Academy’s General Manager, Roger Sharp. “The good news is that all the best-practices discovered will be made available to the entire flight training industry,” concluded Roger.
“We fully expect the output of the development laboratory to revolutionize the flight training industry,” concluded Martha.
Redbird now offers a line of four simulators spanning the range from a fixed desktop device through their FMX/cl which offers full-motion, panoramic vision and force-feedback controls.
Redbird Flight Simulations of Austin, Texas, has signed a lease at nearby San Marcos Municipal Airport (KHYI) for an innovative, multi-pronged aviation business that aims to do training differently.
The Skyport laboratory is dedicated to developing new ways of doing pilot training to help reduce the cost of training, reduce the time required, and to improve safety.