Why Simulator Training?

One might ask: Why simulator training, when I can fly the real aircraft? Good simulators and instructors who know how to use them are vital to good training. When you are trying to learn aircraft control and flight procedures, the aircraft is a poor classroom. We use the concept “Learn in the simulator, Apply in the aircraft.”

The value of good simulator training has the following benefits:

Is Simulator Training Effective?

Just remember that when astronauts trained to go to the moon it was all done in simulation. When we send crews to mars, there will be no training on mars, it will all be done with simulators!

Instrument rated pilots can enjoy keeping their skills current and proficient. All approaches, holding and tracking can be logged. Practice a route before you take a trip. We have all of the approaches in the United States. Practice emergency procedures for single and multi-engine planes in a controlled environment. We can simulate all single and multi-engine aircraft, normal and turbo charged.

We keep our simulators calibrated and repaired so they fly as close to the actual aircraft as possible. Like the aircraft, our simulators are inspected and certified by the FAA. We are proud of our simulator training and Aviation Training Center has done more small aircraft simulator instrument training over the past 20 years than any other fixed base operation in the Greater Seattle area.



Our Frasca 141 simulator will simulate a large number of single-engine aircraft and is a great practice trainer to develop basic attitude instrument skills. We provide it at a low cost for practice and supplementary training.


Our Frasca 142 simulator has a large number of single-engine and multi-engine piston aircraft which you can fly including experimental airplanes like the RV7. It is our main trainer for initial instrument training. It is equipped with a Garmin GPS system and has a 6 ½’ wide by 5’ deep visual and the database for airports around the entire U.S. and Canada.


Our Precision Flight Control (PFC) Advanced Aviation Training Device (AATD) is capable of simulating thirty-eight different FAA approved models of aircraft. Most small high and low-wing aircraft, most small twin-engine aircraft, and seven turboprop aircraft such as the King Air and the Pilatus. This simulator has a 180° visual and the data base for airports and scenery for the entire world.


Our PFC AATS jet simulator can simulate two and four engine jets such as the Boeing 737 and Boeing 747. We use this simulator for introduction to large jet operation and preparatory training for airline new hire interview check rides. This simulator has a large visual with the database for airports and scenery for the entire world.


Our Garmin 1000 simulator was specially designed for Aviation Training Center and will perform all the functions of the Garmin 1000 Glass cockpit systems in comparison to other systems which lack functions. This system is equipped with flight controls and a visual system that is so realistic that the scenery looks like actual video of the terrain and airport. There are very realistic people, visible aircraft, and boats moving about in various locations. If you practice a cross country flight in this system you’ve been there! You can also earn a Garmin 1000 certification on this trainer.