Redbird FMX Full Motion Simulator Emergency Procedure Electives

PFT’s Emergency Electives were designed to improve your preparedness and sharpen skills. VFR maneuvers are fun, but it’s also important to try something challenging that demands precision in flight in the event an emergency situation arises. These courses will help you do just that.

Engine Failures

  • Engine Failure Base to Final
    Complete engine failure during the base to final turn resulting in power off landing.
  • Partial Power Loss Takeoff
    Loss of RPM on the upwind phase of flight resulting in the pilot having to make a partial power loss landing back at the airport.
  • Engine Failure After Takeoff
    This is a great chance to combine procedural practice (pre-takeoff briefing) with immediate application. Failing the engine at different altitudes necessitates different responses. The student tries the “impossible turn” back to the departure runway. Once they have the basics, experimenting with how strong winds, obstacles, or crossing runways can change the pre-takeoff plan makes this a valuable life lesson.
  • Engine Failure After Takeoff
    Complete engine failure on the right downwind runway 33 at KINT requiring the pilot to complete a power off 180 scenario.

Instrumentation Failure

  • Vacuum System
    Failed vacuum system in flight will cause the loss of the Attitude Indicator and the Directional Gyro
  • Pitot-Static System
    Pitot-static failure during a climb. We’re surprisingly dependent on this simple, vulnerable, system. You can increase the difficulty by turning on the nighttime so visual confirmation of altitude vanishes, or seeing how strong winds affect substituting GPS ground speed for the missing airspeed.
  • Failed Alternator
    Alternator failures in flight will eventually lead to loss of all electrical power to the airplane. Use ADM to determine the best course of action for the circumstance and land the aircraft back at KINT.
  • GPS FailureGPS Failure
    Instrument landing system (ILS) approach with GPS failure requiring air traffic control (ATC) guidance and course deviation indicator (CDI) use for the approach.
  • Complete Electrical Failure
    Navigation to destination with only vacuum gauges available


  • VMC to IMC
    Flight into IFR conditions during a low light night scenario from VFR, simulating an actual occurrence.
  • Utilization of Instrument Skills During Overcast Conditions
    Develop instrument skills that can be used in the event of VMC to IMC. 2.5 hours can be counted towards a private pilot license and hood time.
  • VFR on Top
    Conduct a descent through the clouds to land. For private pilots this is considered an emergency scenario.