Chapter 10 – To Reposition or not to Reposition

‘To be (here) or not to be (there); that is the question’ With apologies to William Shakespeare The inappropriate use of the repositioning, freezing and slewing is as much a curse as delivering an unwarranted plethora of malfunctions and emergencies. The SFI needs to take on board the fact that the use of these simulator [...]

Chapter 9 – Motion Sickness

Health is not valued till sickness comes. Thomas Fuller For the few that encounter it, motion sickness is the ‘black bear’ that casts a shadow over their life in the simulator. If you are an SFI then probably you have learnt how to deal with it or you are immune or you are a very [...]

Chapter 8 – Simulators are not Perfect

‘The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the artisan that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools’ Confucius We are the beneficiaries of a fantastic technology that gives us a teaching tool second to none. There is a big BUT coming…….. BUT… the software that drives it always seems to be a ‘BETA’ [...]

Chapter 7 – Tips and Tricks

When your mother asks, 'Do you want a piece of advice?' it is a mere formality. It doesn't matter if you answer yes or no. You're going to get it anyway. Erma Bombeck It is almost impossible to teach two TR courses the same way. This is because the trainees arrive with varied levels of [...]

Chapter 6 – Overactivity in the Delivery of Malfunctions

‘Less is more’ Ludwig Meis van der Rohe Faced with an Instructor Operating Station (IOS) bristling with toys and lots of malfunctions and emergencies it is possible for a lesson to descend into farce with one emergency piled on to another. The temptation is to be resisted at all costs. Abuse of the emergency panel [...]


‘Some people drink from the fountain of knowledge, others just gargle.’ Robert Anthony The simple word ‘trainee’ hides a huge range of characters and personalities. Along with that continuum are a wide variety of backgrounds and histories. It helps if you know something about what is driving your man (or woman). Are they there under [...]

Chapter 4 YOU – YES YOU, THE SFI

‘Waste no more time arguing what a good Sim Instructor should be, be one’ (With apologies to Marcus Aurelius) You are the teacher, for some you may be the butt of the trainees’ attempts at humour but for many (most?) you will be accorded a big chunk of respect from the outset and you will [...]

Chapter 3 The Learning Curve

‘He who would learn to fly one day must first learn to stand and walk and run and climb and dance; one cannot fly into flying’. Friedrich Nietzsche The planners and the Head of Training will design a course that almost invariably will have a linear ‘learning curve’ – in fact not a curve at all but [...]

Chapter 2 – Success is the Key Objective

‘I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it’ Pablo Picasso The simple application of a little human psychology will enable you, as the simulator instructor, to ‘prime the pump’ and ensure the course gets off on the right foot. Remember you are, above all, a teacher and [...]

Chapter 1 So You Want to be a Sim Instructor

‘The task of the modern educator is not to cut down jungles, but to irrigate deserts’ C. S. Lewis This article is a very personal view of the world of the Helicopter Synthetic Flight Instructor and is not written with any authority from those I have worked for in this role. I’m not involved in the challenges of [...]

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