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Most flight schools understand the value of providing high-quality, accurate flight simulators as part of their flight training experiences.

Flight Simulators are immersive, providing a realistic and relaxed learning experience for the student, versus books and drawings.

Flight simulators reduce the workload and expense on any flight school’s most expensive activity – flight time in actual aircraft.

Simulators will attract and retain students, keep your instructors current inexpensively all while increasing safety at your flight school.

why xspec 142

 

 

Competition Pricing Comparison

 
Redbird SD $42,800 1 Year Warranty 1 Aircraft Configuration
PFC DCX MAX Inquire for pricing Lifetime Warranty 34 Aircraft Configurations
XSPEC 142

$23,800 with core

(reduced from $34,800)

2 Year Warranty 4 Aircraft Configurations

 

 

XSPEC 142 (AATD)

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why it makes sense to xspec

Your flight school has many expenses, and it depends on fees collected from students to operate.

Your Part 61 or 141 Flight School needs a SEL rating and MEL rating simulator, but cannot afford to sacrifice authenticity or high investments.

You need a FAA Approved simulator from a manufacturer that will work with you and your budget; while providing a better product than the competition.

You need an XSPEC 142 for your flight school; re-manufactured to current training standards from the FRASCA 142- this unit is quality; at a fraction of the price you'd expect to pay for simulators from the competition.

The XSPEC 142 is a FAA Approved AATD from XSPEC Aviation

XSPEC 142 Pricing Options
XSPEC 142 w/ FRASCA 142 Core Value $23,800
XSPEC 142 (no core value) $28,800

Featuring 4 Popular Training Aircraft

-BE-76 Duchess-

-PA-23 Piper Aztec-

-C172N Skyhawk-

-C172RG Cutlass-

GPS530W - Silver Crown Radio Stack - FAA Approved AATD - 180 Degree Wrap Around Visuals

Updatable GPS Database - AP/FD - Worldwide Database & Professional ATC - Built with CFII

2 Year Limited Warranty - Lifetime Internet Support - Financing Available


 

Press Releases

XSPEC 142 Press Release Flyer

Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017

Article ©XSPEC Aviation LLC

From XSPEC Aviation

Flight Simulator manufacturer XSPEC Aviation drops prices to reduce negative training via unapproved devices in flight schools.

Many flight schools across the country are providing quality, effective flight training via FAA approved devices for their students. However, a disturbing trend is beginning to occur as owners try to cut costs; often at their students’ expense.

Most flight schools see the value in using flight simulation in teaching students the muscle memory they need to become proficient pilots in an immersive, low-stress environment. However, some flight schools have begun to build “do-it-yourself” simulators to reduce operating costs for their business. While this may seem lucrative at first, the result is a waste of money and worse; fosters negative training.

Focusing on the Issue

It’s always been known that it’s the owners’ responsibility to maintain his flight school and its’ aircraft, keeping the fleet current with all FAA Regulations; is of the utmost importance. Anytime you go cheap in aviation you’re asking for trouble; whether you are thousands of feet in the air or doing the ground training.

Today, it’s possible to buy almost everything you need to build your own “flight simulator” on the internet. While it’s obvious that you would never do this while building actual aircraft for real-world flight training; it’s becoming a trend to do this with flight simulation. This creates an environment of negative training, as were noticed more flight instructors actually preferring students who have never used a home build desktop simulator.

“We’ve seen students come in and say, ‘I have 1000 hours in the air’, only to realize they’re speaking of their computer at home with a joystick and Microsoft Flight Simulator, those are my real problem students.” says Doug G. CFII at one the east coasts’ largest and most premier flight training centers.

It’s always been known that serious training requires serious equipment; which involves a myriad of FAA approvals, qualifications and certifications. Negative training from “do-it-yourself” simulators in a Part 61 or 141 flight school can result in lawsuits, property damage, personal injury or even loss of life.

Fixing the Issue

We feel here at XSPEC Aviation; that it’s our responsibility to help fix this epidemic in flight training. That’s why we’re doing our part by making it possible for everyone to afford FAA Approved, quality flight simulation in 2018.

By dropping $11,000 off our already competitive retail price, we’re narrowing the price between off the shelf products and approved training devices. By making it easier for flight schools to afford AATDs; we’re eliminating inaccurate simulation in the flight training environment. Instead of wasting thousands of dollars on internet toys, you can invest in an XSPEC simulator; which will provide ROI in a way that is not possible otherwise.

The Approved AATD Advantage

Unlike the simulator ‘some guy’ built off the internet; AATDs (Advanced Aviation Training Devices) are approved to log hours towards actual real-world flight training, up to 20 for instrument rating (61.65) and 50 hours towards commercial pilot certificate (61.129) just to name a couple.

The FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) knows the difference between the two, and work hard to make sure that devices that are not representative of positive training for the aircraft are not used for actual flight training.

Savvy owners like Ron E. use an AATD (Advanced Aviation Training Device) to keep his instructors and pilots current, as well as many other simulated flight scenarios. These combined hours save hundreds of hours of actual flight time, keeping aircraft maintenance costs as low as possible.

Investing in the right AATD (Advance Aviation Training Device) is important, and will prove to be one of the most valuable investments your flight school can ever make. Choosing to build your own flight simulator on the other hand, will certainly be a waste of time and money for both you and the student.

Why choose XSPEC Aviation Simulation Devices

When your flight school needs accurate, affordable flight training simulation- you should only ask one question… Does the simulator look like my aircraft? When you compare the XSPEC 142 to the Redbird SD or PFC DCX MAX, you’ll see a myriad of negative training elements that should be avoided in your flight training experience.

The Redbird SD has a thick ‘coffee table’ glass instrument panel where elements are represented solely as a graphic on the LCD screen. The PFC DCX MAX has instrument knobs in the wrong place. There is a reason for both issues however, and we’ve addressed it with the XSPEC 142.

Manufacturers are trying to increase profits, and in doing so have strayed away from high quality components that are typically made of metal- like the instrument panel. Our instrument panels are made from a custom aluminum allow to be very sturdy and lightweight, for that real aircraft feel. Our instruments are the appropriate size and position, along with a convincing radios stack; the training in an XSPEC 142 allows for a smoother transition to an actual aircraft.

When you consider all the advantages, combined with the reduction in pricing- the time to invest in an XSPEC Aviation training device has never been more sensible. We believe our clients do not need their products to be priced “reassuringly high” to realize quality when they see it; as our clients are among the most intelligent people in the industry.

About XSPEC Aviation

XSPEC Aviation is a flight simulator manufacturer that specializes in remanufacturing pre-May-2008 Flight Simulators (AST / FRASCA). They build training devices with the latest in modern technology on rebuilt AST/FRASCA cores. Because the hardware is rebuilt, they can provide a very high-quality training device at a much lower price than a new simulator.

Since 2012, XSPEC has been the leader in flight simulator remanufacturing. They are the first company to successfully remanufacture the FRASCA 142 into an Advanced Aviation Training Device (AATD) and the first to become an FAA approved simulator remanufacturer. William Hill has over 30 years in the Aviation industry (8130 Avionics); while Aaron Hill is an award-winning programmer. XSPEC Aviation is a family owned & operated company since 2008.

The XSPEC 142 is the company’s flagship device, developed to meet the growing needs of flight schools for realistic, cost effective training.

XSPEC Aviation has an excellent reputation for FRASCA repair, quality customer support, an unmatched two-year warranty and lifetime remote assistance technical support. To contact XSPEC Aviation, visit http://xspecaviation.com, call 479-715-9514 or find them on Facebook.

 


 

Tuesday, September 29th 2017

Article (c) 2017 XSPEC Aviation LLC

from Wall Street Select

Intelligent Use of XSPEC Aviation Training Simulator Helps New Hampshire Flight School Expand its Offerings

Ron Emond is always looking for ways to improve the education and the value proposition for Air Direct Airways students. And like most aviation companies, partnerships play a part in their success.

An important part of that strategy is to ensure that each of the aircraft models on the flight line are also available to fly “virtually” in their XSPEC 142 simulator. This arrangement is made possible because of the relationship between Air Direct Airways, the Nashua Pilot Shop, and XSPEC Aviation Flight Training Simulators.

Targeting the Problem Areas

“The biggest advantage of this sim is that you can re-set at the point a student is having a problem. If a student is having difficulty with a part of an ILS approach, as an example, the student can practice a maneuver 20 times in an hour, as opposed to shooting just 3 or 4 approaches in the actual aircraft.”

Students can also save files and share specific scenarios with an instructor.

Air Direct Airways flight line: Air Direct Airways fleet includes the ubiquitous Cessna 172 “Skyhawk” for elementary flight training, the Cessna 172RG “Cutlass” for complex endorsements and banner flying, the Beechcraft “Dutchess” BE-76 for multiengine training, and the American Champion 7GCAA “Citabria” for tail wheel endorsements, aerobatics and aerobatic training.

Each of these aircraft is completely represented in the sim, including all of the knobs and controls, so that students have a complete learning experience. Since the sim includes the same controls as the actual aircraft, students are able to have a realistic practice session, and become much more confident the next time they climb into the cockpit.

Completing the Training Experience

Unlike most simulators, the XSPEC 142 is capable of providing a complete Instrument Proficiency Check (IPC), including circle to land procedures. XSPEC Aviation simulator saves students time and money by providing full functioning up to and including circle-to-land instrument procedures.

A large part of flight training involves muscle memory. “The immersion program is unique, we get students flying nearly every day,” notes Emond, making reference to the need to develop those physical skills.

It can be helpful for the student to interact with the equipment in the same way as the “real” aircraft. Many sims have a flat glass panel, including radio controls that are represented as LCD graphics. The XSPEC 142 has a metal dash panel with knobs that provide tactile feel and feedback.

Thorough preparation for each hour of flight time reduces the workload and expense on the flight school’s most expensive activity – flight time in actual aircraft. Simulators can be an enormous competitive advantage for a flight school to attract and retain students and keep a reputation for a quality, cost-effective training program.

A Cost-Effective Alternative

The Redbird SD simulator retails for $42,800. By contrast, a new XSPEC 142 can be purchased for $39,800 without a trade-in. flight schools trading in an old “sim core” can expect to save $5000 on the cost of an XSPEC 142, which brings the cost of an XSPEC 142 to $34,800, including two-way shipping, warrantee and service. In-house financing is available for either option.

Flight schools have many fixed expenses, including airport lease fees, aircraft, maintenance, instructor salaries and insurance; while their income may be seasonal or variable as students come and go.

XSPEC provides affordability that suits the school’s cash flow, as well as a warrantee that reduces their risk on the investment in a simulator. The Redbird SD does not offer in-house financing, and has a one-year warrantee. The XSPEC 142 does offer in-house financing and a two-year warrantee. A great warrantee is important to flight schools because students don’t pay for sim time if the machine is broken or out of commission.

The Nashua Pilot Shop

Bill and Aaron Hill of XSPEC Aviation take the well-being of their sims and their clients very seriously. And they have become partners with the natural collegiality of aviators between Air Direct Airways and the nearby Nashua Pilot Shop.

“They do many of software repairs and updates over the internet,” said Emond. “And when a hardware fix is needed, they send the part and a phone call usually takes care of it.”

“Keith Webb of the Nashua Pilot Shop has been my ‘hands in New Hampshire,” said Aaron Hill of XSPEC Aviation. “He has saved us half a dozen trips.”

The Air Direct Airways Experience

Air Direct started as a charter company in the 90s, but their old airport was turned into a golf course, they moved to Nashua and instructors began offering flight training under FAA Part 61. The company obtained certification under FAA Part 141 as a complete flight training organization about five years ago.

A program with a major area university is underway that will provide students the opportunity to participate in a full-immersion flight training program. Students will spend most of their time in their first year completing flight training, obtaining ratings, and becoming eligible to work as flight instructors or charter pilots. Once they earn the appropriate ratings, students can begin earning money and building time to qualify for ATP certification as they work toward their Bachelor of Science.

“The immersion program is really quite unusual,” said Emond. “Students can start to earn money to pay back their loans after that first year.”

About XSPEC Aviation

XSPEC Aviation is a flight simulator manufacturer that specializes in remanufacturing pre May-2008 Flight Simulators (AST / FRASCA). They build training devices with the latest in modern technology on rebuilt AST/FRASCA cores. Because the hardware is rebuilt, they are able to provide a very high quality training device at a much lower price than a new simulator.

Since 2012, XSPEC has been the leader in flight simulator remanufacturing. They are the first company to successfully remanufacture the FRASCA 142 into an Advanced Aviation Training Device (AATD) and the first to become an FAA approved simulator remanufacturer. William Hill has over 30 years in the Aviation industry (8130 Avionics); while Aaron Hill is an award-winning programmer. XSPEC Aviation is a family owned & operated company since 2008.

The XSPEC 142 is the company’s flagship device, developed to meet the growing needs of flight schools for realistic, cost effective training.

XSPEC Aviation has an excellent reputation for FRASCA repair, quality customer support, an unmatched two-year warranty and lifetime remote assistance technical support. To contact XSPEC Aviation, visit http://xspecaviation.com, call 479-715-9514 or find them on Facebook.

 


 

Tuesday, August 22nd 2017

Article (c) 2017 XSPEC Aviation LLC

from Digital Journal

Flight Schools Can Recycle Old Simulators to be “Better Than New”

Most flight school owners, managers and flight instructors understand the value of providing high-quality, accurate flight simulators as part of the flight training experience.

Used intelligently, "sim time" can help students learn and remember skills much more effectively than books or "chair flying" alone. Thorough preparation for each hour of flight time reduces the workload and expense on the flight school’s most expensive activity – flight time in actual aircraft. Simulators can be an enormous competitive advantage for a flight school to attract and retain students and keep a reputation for a quality, cost-effective training program.

Unfortunately, many flight schools have fewer simulators than they would like, or no simulator at all, because of the initial expense. The popular Redbird SD simulator, which has the FAA’s approval as an Advanced Aviation Training Device (AATD) retails for $42,800.

But most flight school owners, managers and flight instructors are unaware that a less expensive, and more effective, option exists. Some flight schools have an old AST/FRASCA device made pre-2008 that is no longer functional, accurate or approved – these devices can be updated to become a device with more functionality than the new Redbird SD for thousands less, and in-house financing is available, making this a very cost-effective option for cash-strapped flight schools.

XSpec Aviation is the first FAA Approved Simulator Remanufacturer. Father and son team William Hill Jr. and Aaron Hill will arrange to pick up, remanufacture, and deliver the simulator conveniently to the flight school. The remanufactured simulator, called the XSpec 142, has several advantages over the popular new simulators; including versatility, software and hardware advantages, and warrantee.

“There are four questions a buyer should ask before investing in a flight simulator,” said William Hill Jr., founder and hardware engineer of XSpec Aviation. “Does it simulate the variety of aircraft your school needs for training? Does it have realistic controls? Does it use game software or actual training software? And do the terms of sale make business sense for the flight school? We believe our product answers all of those questions better than any other simulator on the market.”

 

Simulates a Variety of Aircraft

Flight schools often have the need to train students at different levels of expertise. Different ratings require training in different aircraft. The Redbird SD comes with a standard configuration as a single aircraft. Hardware and software changes are required for the sim to “simulate” a different aircraft. The XSpec 142 comes pre-loaded with four of the most popular aircraft configurations used in training private, instrument, commercial and multiengine ratings. (Beechcraft BE-76 “Duchess,” Piper PA-23 “Aztec,” Cessna C172RG “Cutlass,” and Cessna C172N “Skyhawk.”)

 

Realistic Knobs & Controls

To develop skills and muscle memory, it can be helpful for the student to interact with the equipment in the same way as the “real” aircraft. The Redbird SD has a flat panel that has some differences from the “real” aircraft look & feel, and requires hardware adjustments to simulate different aircraft. The radios on the Redbird SD are represented as LCD graphics underneath the glass. The XSpec 142, by comparison, has a larger LCD “windshield,” and has a metal dash panel that is more similar to the hardware in the aircraft. Knobs provide tactile feel and feedback and a more realistic representation of controls such as the radio.

 

Game Software or Actual Training Software

The software used in a flight simulator is also an important part of the experience. The Redbird SD uses the popular video game software Microsoft Flight Simulator X. The game software notes in its end user license agreement (EULA) that is not approved for real world flight training. By contrast, the XSpec 142 uses Lockheed Martin PREPAR3D software, which is fully EULA and FAA compliant.

 

Making Business Sense

Since flight schools depend on fees from incoming students and tend to have many expenses, including aircraft, maintenance, instructor salaries and insurance, it is important that a simulator have easy, flexible affordability that suits the school’s cash flow, and a warranty that reduces their risk on the investment in a simulator. The Redbird SD does not offer in-house financing, and has a one-year warranty. The XSPEC 142 does offer in-house financing and a two-year warranty. A great warranty is important to flight schools because students don’t pay for sim time if the machine is broken or out of commission.

Flight schools trading in an old “sim core” can expect to save $5000 on the cost of an XSPEC 142, which brings the cost of an XSPEC 142 to $34,800, including two-way shipping, warranty and service. A new XSPEC 142 can be purchased for $39,800 without a trade-in. In-house financing is available for either option.

 

 

About XSPEC Aviation

XSPEC Aviation specializes in remanufacturing pre May-2008 Flight Simulators (AST / FRASCA). They build training devices with the latest in modern technology on rebuilt AST/FRASCA cores. Because the hardware is rebuilt, they are able to provide a very high quality training device at a much lower price than a new simulator.

Since 2012, XSPEC has been the leader in flight simulator remanufacturing. They are the first company to successfully remanufacture the FRASCA 142 into an Advanced Aviation Training Device (AATD) and the first to become an FAA approved simulator remanufacturer. William Hill has over 30 years in the Aviation industry (8130 Avionics); while Aaron Hill is an award-winning programmer. XSPEC Aviation is a family owned & operated company since 2008.

The XSPEC 142 is the company’s flagship device, developed to meet the growing needs of flight schools for realistic, cost effective training.

XSPEC Aviation has an excellent reputation for quality customer support, an unmatched two-year warranty and lifetime remote assistance technical support. To contact XSPEC Aviation, visit http://xspecaviation.com, call 479-715-9514 or find them on Facebook.

xspec 3000

Coming soon; the XSPEC 3000 is a high-quality flight simulator featuring 3-axis force loading built on the popular AST 3000/HAWK core. Available for your flight school, contact us for more details.