The GFA has now made it a policy to offer initial training for all new glider pilots via a simulator. This has proven to be successful overseas, for example France and Italy, and is widely used in the training of commercial and military pilots around the world.
Advances in technology and software design have made it possible to produce highly realistic simulators for training pilots. Now airline pilots are trained on simulators and the first time the actually fly an airliner is when it is on a regular flight full of passengers.
Overseas studies in Europe have shown that pilots first trained on a glider simulator then transferring to real glider learn at a much faster rate than pilots who do all their training on real gliders.
The other big advantages of using simulators for initial training, besides reducing the overall training time, is the reduction in cost for aspiring pilots. This is especially important for younger people who have limited funds, Incidentally younger people also learn quickly using computer technology.
We have a team of experienced engineers and software developers engaged on this project and we are exchanging ideas and information with other simulator groups around the world. We are also working with the RAAF who are also looking at developing gliding simulators for the Australian Air Force Cadets.
It is envisaged that we will have a working prototype by the middle of next year.
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