Flight Simulator

Despite of the fact that I started my flight training back in 2017 and gained about 340 hours so far, I’ve never tried a flight training device of any sort. Of course I don’t consider a flight in a boeing 737 simulator in 2016 in Singapore since it was more a tourist attraction, and of course I did not log training hours.

Today I finally tried a Redbird simulator for a first time and logged my very first sim training hour.

I am in Canada now, but I have only FAA and EASA licenses, so I cannot legally fly here as a PIC of a Canadian aircraft. And believe me, it is really hard to find a N-reg here. Of course I could fly in the US, but my US visa expired at the moment, so this is not an option yet.

I surely decided to get a Canadian pilot license. Transport Canada and FAA have a bilateral agreement, and it seems fairly easy: you need a Canadian medical, Canadian radio operator license and a written exam. Additionally I have a FAA Instrument Rating, and it can be converted too, but I am not current now, so to do it properly I need an IPC – instrument proficiency check.

IPC can be done by FAA CFII, and it is not so easy to find one in Canada, but I managed to do it. We decided to have a simulator session first.

I have mixed feelings. The flights controls are basically the same, and the picture in the ‘windows’ are familiar, but it ‘flies’ totally differently. I did not feel any feedback, and the flight is much less predictable. Of course it is better than nothing, but way worse than the airplane. I miss flying. I really do.


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Milestones

04/09/2017: My First Flight
04/25/2017: EASA PPL written exam (6 exams passed)
05/21/2017: Radio Operator Certificate (Europe VFR)
05/22/2017: EASA PPL written exam (all passed)
05/26/2017: The First Solo!
05/28/2017: Solo cross-country >270 km
05/31/2017: EASA PPL check-ride
07/22/2017: EASA IFR English
08/03/2017: 100 hours TT
12/04/2017: The first IFR flight
12/28/2017: FAA IR written
02/16/2018: FAA IR check-ride
05/28/2018: FAA Tailwheel endorsement
06/04/2018: FAA CPL long cross-country
06/07/2018: FAA CPL written
07/16/2018: FAA CPL check-ride
07/28/2018: FAA CPL ME rating
08/03/2018: FAA HP endorsement
06/03/2019: EASA ATPL theory (6/14)
07/03/2019: EASA ATPL theory (11/14)
07/15/2019: FAA IR IPC
07/18/2019: FAA CPL SES rating
08/07/2019: EASA ATPL theory (done)
10/10/2019: EASA NVFR
10/13/2019: EASA IR/PBN SE
11/19/2019: Solo XC > 540 km
12/06/2019: EASA CPL
12/10/2019: EASA AMEL
02/20/2020: Cessna 210 endorsement
08/30/2021: FAVT validation
05/27/2022: TCCA CPL/IR written
05/31/2022: Radio Operator Certificate Canada