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TALKING TO A LIVE "air traffic controller" is part of what makes the Bootcamp

experience more authentic. PilotEdge founder Keith Smith (right) and the author
go through a scenario.

SWEATING IN THE SIM

When was the last time you got your blood
pressure up in a simulator? Probably
never. You know that if you're losing situational or spatial awareness, you can simply
hit the pause button or the Exit key. But
there's no pause button in an airplane-
so you can't hit the pause button in IFR
Bootcamp.
Adding to the realism is that you're
talking to air traffic control-or a reasonable facsimile thereof-throughout.
The sim is integrated with the PilotEdge
network, which means you're talking real-time with a "controller," a live
human being who issues clearances and
vectors you must follow. Meanwhile, you
can see and hear other pilots flying in the
PilotEdge network-and they can see and
hear you.

overloaded from a complicated obstacle
departure procedure, I wondered if the
Austrian pilot flying a Baron and the young
man piloting a Pilatus could hear the stress
I felt as I acknowledged ATC.
PilotEdge founder Keith Smith crafted
the scenarios for the Bootcamp based on
thousands of hours of observing pilots
tackling instrument procedures in the
simulated ATC environment. "He's seeing the mistakes newer pilots make," said
Robidoux.
Smith was adamant that Bootcamp
participants must experience end-to-end
flights, Robidoux said. "A lot of what happens with straight sim training [is] you get
into the mindset of 'let's do approaches' or
'let's fail something,'" he said. "GA pilots
learn how to do attitude instrument flying-
they can track [and] hold altitude-but they
have a tough time putting it all together."

NO WALK IN THE PARK

There I was, parked in front of the sim at
Nashua Flight Simulator in Manchester,
New Hampshire-but sliding along an
airway in simulated Southern California
airspace. When ATC threw me a curveball (no spoilers), I wanted to spit. Already
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STARTUP TO SHUTDOWN

Bootcamp participants don't simply shoot
approaches. Working one on one with
a CFII, you plan the flight and review
the weather, terrain, and airspace. The
CFII can perform any number of roles:


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