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Teaching Confidence in the Clouds

An instructor's guide to using desktop flight simulators

Tom Gilmore

156 pages
Aviation Supplies & Acad Inc

Today, pilots are faced with a new and challenging era of glass cockpit general aviation aircraft, innovative aircraft design, advances in avionics technology, and changes to instrument procedures and airspace. Students are more technically savvy. Therefore with time/money always at a minimum, a demand exists for highly skilled flight instructors who know the best teaching methods for flying IFR.

Teaching Confidence in the Clouds offers real-life application of computer desktop flight simulators and flight training devices (PCATDs and Basic ATDs) as they relate to current methods of instrument training. Since they were first adopted in 1997, FAA-approved desktop flight simulators have been an effective means to train students. The scenario-based training concepts, training assignments, and instructor tips included in this book will be a valuable resource for any pilot currently taking instrument training, instrument pilots that want to improve their skills, or for flight instructors wanting to help their students reduce the number of hours needed to complete an instrument training program.

Author Bio
Tom Gilmore is a full-time flight instructor and owner/operator of Gilmore Aviation Services, engaged in advanced flight training (including advanced IFR, multi-engine, commercial and CFI training). Tom developed special training courses for this business, and is an Orlando FAAST team representative active in FAA Wings program, as well as president of the Stuart Chapter of the Florida Aero Club. Tom also conducts monthly aviation safety meetings and is an active supporter of the Witham Airport in Stuart, Florida. Tom’s licenses include Commercial, Instrument, Multiengine, Seaplane, CFIA, CFII, ME, AGI, IGI; and he is a Gold Seal Flight Instructor, 7-time Master CFI, and Master Instructor Emeritus, has over 12,000 hours logged, and has been a flight instructor for over 37 years. He has written articles for NAFI Mentor, IFR and IFR Refresher, and contributes articles to the Florida Aero Club monthly newsletter.