Piedmont Flight Training


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 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

Visual Meteorological Conditions (VMC) to Instrument Meteorological Conditions (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.

Our School Will Remain Open With Enhanced Health Precautions and Procedures

Piedmont Flight Training takes concerns about COVID-19 very seriously. Our number one priority is the safety of all students and staff. We have been proactive in educating our students and staff in reference to healthy protective measures and will expend every effort to continue to do our part in the protection of public health and follow appropriate guidance as necessary from the CDC and NC government authorities.

Critical Infrastructure Sectors
There are 16 critical infrastructure sectors whose assets, systems, and networks, whether physical or virtual, are considered so vital to the United States that their incapacitation or destruction would have a debilitating effect on security, national economic security, national public health or safety, or any combination thereof. Presidential Policy Directive 21 (PPD-21): Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience advances a national policy to strengthen and maintain secure, functioning and resilient critical infrastructure. This directive supersedes Homeland Security Presidential Directive 7.
Aviation is Part of Our Critical Infrastructure Sectors
Aviation includes aircraft, air traffic control systems, and about 19,700 airports, heliports and landing strips. Approximately 500 provide commercial aviation services at civil and joint-use military airports, heliports, and sea plane bases.  In addition, the aviation mode includes commercial and recreational aircraft (manned and unmanned) and a wide-variety of support services, such as aircraft repair stations, fueling facilities, navigation aids, and flight schools. Source Link