The best flight simulators accurately depict a pilot’s experience in a wide range of scenarios, from flying through turbulence to attempting to navigate a four-way stop with a broken blinker. Prepare for any situation with today’s Groupon: for $39, you get a 60-minute flight-simulator session for two at Encore Flight in Van Nuys (a $120 value).
Encore Flight surrounds aspiring aces and seasoned sky veterans alike with the guidance and equipment to advance their aviation education. During a 60-minute session inside an FAA-approved flight simulator, duos take their seats inside the Precision Flight Controls, Inc. Modular Flight Deck, passing the controls back and forth. The sophisticated faux flying machine immerses students in a fully realized aviation experience with an enclosed cockpit and 180-degree views on five 60-inch televisions, meaning pilots can see sky and runway, but not conga lines happening in the first-class aisle. Using a vast assortment of avionics equipment, the simulator accurately depicts a large number of scenarios that would be difficult and dangerous to replicate on a regular flight. During simulated night flights, cockpit instruments glow an electric blue as pilots navigate the difficulties of landing in the dark and matching pairs of black and electric blue socks.
From their home base at Van Nuys Airport, the certified flight instructors at Encore Flight apply what they learned as students at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University to the training of new pilots-to-be through everything from discovery flights to full pilot's certification. The crew goes to work aboard an extensive fleet of Piper and Cessna light-sport aircraft, or doles out instruction while safely planted on the ground inside two FAA-approved flight simulators, one a stationary apparatus and the other a full-motion Redbird FMX. Fully enclosed in the Redbird's cockpit, students experience the motions of actual flight on all three axes and enjoy more than 200 degrees of wrap-around visuals, helping them spot hazards such as oncoming flocks of birds or commuting superheroes.
16700 Roscoe Blvd.
Van Nuys, California 91406