Recency Simulator Price Comparison

Simulator Price Comparison for Maintaining Recency

A list of companies offering pilots simulator practice

Price Comparison of Flight Simulators for Pilots Looking to Maintain Recency

An unprecedented 2020 bought a temporary halt to many aviation careers with thousands of pilots finding themselves out of work as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. As flight crew, maintaining an acceptable standard of our perishable skills set is vital to ensuring our career continuity.

To support pilots wishing to maintain some exposure to the operating environment and practice CRM, manual flying and SOP application, we’ve compiled a list of companies who are offering use of their simulators for recency/currency purposes.

The prices were correct at the time of writing but may since have been updated. Any enquiries regarding the service offered should be directed at the company in question.

FFS – Full Flight Simulator

FBS – Fixed Based Simulator

Dry Hire – No instructor provided (instructor may be available at an additional cost)

MotionFBS 737NG, Dry HireGatwick£60 P/H
Virtual AerospaceFBS 737-800, Dry HireNorthampton, Shoreham £110.00 P/H
Virtual Aviation FBS 737NG / A320, Dry HireCambridge£120 P/H
AlphaTechFBS A320, Dry HireBelfast & Vienna£144 P/H
SimTech Aviation
FBS B737-800Dublin€300 P/H
B737MAXGloucestershire Airport £300 P/H +VAT
Virtual Aerospace
FFS 737-800 / A320 Gatwick£499.99 P/H
MotionFBS 737NG, Dry Hire£60 P/HGatwick
Virtual AerospaceFBS 737-800, Dry Hire£110.00 P/HNorthampton, Shoreham
Virtual Aviation FBS 737NG / A320, Dry Hire£120 P/HCambridge
AlphaTechFBS A320, Dry Hire£144 P/HBelfast & Vienna
SimTech Aviation
FBS B737-800€300 P/HDublin
B737MAX£300 P/H +VATGloucestershire Airport
Virtual Aerospace
FFS 737-800 / A320 £499.99 P/HGatwick

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APS Multi Crew Cooperation Course MCC

Airline PIlot Standards Multi-Crew Cooperation Course (APS MCC)

Maximise your potential and ensure you are ready for your first airline job

Airline Pilot Standards Multi-Crew Cooperation Course (APS MCC)

Airline Ready APS MCC

  • Provider: VA Airline Training
  • Location: Cambridge Airport, UK
  • Duration: 3 Weeks
  • Sim Type: B737-800 or A320 Simulator
  • Hours: 40 Hours Sim Time
  • Free: Airline Interview Question Database if FDF Discount Code is Used!
  • Price: £6,900 Contact us for more information

Discount APS MCC for Pilots

VA Airline Training’s B737NG APS MCC Sim

Discounted A320 APS MCC for Pilots

VA Airline Training’s A320 APS MCC Sim


The MCC element of your flight training is arguably the most important. It is during this course that you learn to transition from single pilot to complex multi pilot operations, which is the bedrock of a safe airline. If you are recruited by a commercial airline, they expect you to arrive ready for your type rating, having already developed your multi-crew skills to a good standard. With this in mind VA Airline Training developed an Airline Ready® APS MCC, specifically designed to help you quickly settle in to an airline operating environment.

Through our close collaboration, is delighted to be able to offer our customers a discounted rate. The standard cost of the course on either the B737 or A320 is £6,900. Full details of the course can be found on the VA Airline Training website.

From experience, we know that the level of pilot training you receive at this stage in your career can make a real difference to your employability when seeking your first commercial airline job. VA Airline Training have therefore designed this state-of-the-art course to ensure that the student is left with a thorough understanding of multi-crew airline operations coupled with the jet handling skills required to commence an airline type rating.

What’s Included?

  • 30 hours (5 days) of Theoretical Knowledge Instruction, including Airline Oriented Training

  • 20 hours of briefing and de-briefing before and after simulator training sessions

  • 40 hours (10 days) of type-specific flight simulator training, with pass/fail Final Assessment

  • Online access to all training materials and manuals, including digital flight deck posters

  • Use of self-study facilities, including FMC trainers and full-size flight deck mock-ups

  • SOPs handbook for you to keep

  • Competency Assurance

  • If you book using FDF’s exclusive discount code, you’ll receive our Airline Interview Question Database free of charge!

Reasons to choose VA Airline Training ‘Airline Ready’ APS MCC

We know there are a lot of choices out there when it comes to Multi Crew Co-operation courses, but it’s vital that your introduction to a multi-crew environment and commercial jet operations be to the highest possible standard.

VA Airline Training have been industry leaders in the development of the next generation of multi-crew courses with the Airline Ready APS MCC being the very first APS MCC course to receive certification from EASA. With a team of industry leading instructors, you’ll be meticulously trained in executing airline SOPs, utilising aircraft management techniques, learning about system operations and flying normal and non-normal flight profiles whilst developing your non-technical skills to a very high standard.

Here’s a few more reasons to choose the VA Airline Training ‘Airline Ready’ APS MCC course:

  • Both their A320 and B737 NG simulators are some of the most advanced of their type in the United Kingdom
  • It’s a course that has been purpose written to ensure that is based on the most up-to-date airline practices and standard operating procedures (SOPs)
  • The simulators have genuine Airbus & Boeing flight dynamics packages which ensures the aircraft feels almost identical to flying the real thing
  • The instructors have extensive operational and instructional experience coupled with the enthusiasm required to ensure you get the best out of your training
  • The course supports you in developing the multi-crew skills required for modern commercial airline operations whilst becoming familiar with a high performance jet aircraft

Get an Airline Job!

VA have trained over 400 pilots on their APS MCC course. Over 85% of course graduates go on to pass the pilot selection process with an airline. VA students have gone on to secure jobs with Wizz Air, Jet2, easyJet, TUI, Iberia, Loganair, DHL, Air Baltic, Aer Lingus and Air Tanker.

Pilot Simulator Assessment Preparation

Airline Pilot Simulator Assessment Preparation

Prepare for an upcoming simulator assessment

Simulator Assessment Preparation

With over fifteen years of experience in preparing pilots for their airline simulator assessment, VA Airline Training have helped thousands of pilots secure their dream job.

They offer tailored simulator assessment preparation and flight experience sessions on a comprehensive range of full motion and fixed based simulators located around the United Kingdom. This includes the Boeing 737 / 757 / 767 / 747 / 777 / 787 and Airbus A320 / A330 / A340 / A380. VA are a UK CAA approved ATO. From the first phone call to leaving the training center fully prepared, you can expect a highly professional and bespoke service geared towards ensuring you pass your airline sim check.

The most cost-effective simulator is either a certified fixed base 737-800 (Next Generation) or A320 simulator located at Cambridge airport, UK. These state-of-the-art simulators boast some of the best visual modelling in the UK and exceeds the visual quality installed in most full motion simulators. It also uses the Airbus / Boeing Flight Dynamics software, ensuring that the aircraft handles exactly like the real thing. Don’t settle for a generic simulator which can provide negative training, as it handles nothing like the real aircraft.

It provides a great opportunity to properly prepare for your simulator assessment with any airline.

Discounted A320 APS MCC for Pilots

VA Airline Training A320 Simulator

Discount APS MCC for Pilots

VA Airline Training B737 Simulator

Airline Simulator Assessment Preparation

  • B737 or A320 Simulator
  • Highly Experienced Instructor
  • 1 Hour Pre-flight Briefing
  • 2 Hour Simulator Time
  • 30 Minutes Debriefing
  • Free Airline Interview Question Database if FDF Discount Code is Used!
  • £690 – Contact us for more information!

Every week we see our customers getting their dream job:

Pilot Sim Assessment Preparation

All of our assessment preparation sessions are run by experienced airline pilots who have a comprehensive knowledge of the airline simulator selection procedures. They are run on a one to one basis, ensuring you get the full attention of the instructor for the duration of the booking.

VA also cater for people just who want to brush up on their manual handling skills, or maybe you are considering a job in commercial aviation and just want to experience flying a commercial jet.

All sessions include a full 1 hour briefing specific to the airline to which you attending the assessment and a 30 minute debriefing plus the time stated in the simulator. All prices are inclusive of VAT. Prices below are for the Cambridge fixed based simulator, for a quote regarding a specific aircraft full motion simulator, please contact us.

Email [email protected] to make an enquiry.


Before booking with a company offering a cheaper product, ask them the following questions:

Many simulators are just generic flight models with working panels and a projector that are based on nothing more than “jazzed up” version of Microsoft Flight Simulator. This is counter productive as it handles nothing like the real simulator will. Our simulator is certified to conduct pilot training in it which is testament to its realism.

You can only teach someone how to fly the aircraft properly if you have extensive experience in operating the aircraft – not in the simulator but in real life! Lots of simulator ‘training’ companies are run by enthusiasts who have never operated a commercial aircraft.

Our flight training partners Virtual Aviation are approved to conduct Multi Crew Cooperation Courses (MCC). You can therefore expect to receive a very high standard.

Our flight training partners have just that. The knowledge and experience gained over this time is invaluable. No other company can compare to the quality of service, advice and knowledge that will be imparted.


Don’t just take our word for it, this is a small selection of our customer reviews for our simulator assessment preparation service:

Without a doubt, the instruction and knowledge that was passed onto me was invaluable in helping me pass the sim session on the day, I am very grateful to you and your team

I got the job! Thank you so much for your help.

It was a great help to spend two hours in the simulator before my assessment. My instructor was very helpful and knowledgeable, and was able to give me excellent advice and instruction during my session. My simulator assessment went very smoothly so I am very glad I took the opportunity to practice before hand.

I was extremely impressed with the service I received from my first enquiring phone call through to both my sims. Both instructors were extremely helpful and very approachable. They made me feel relaxed in the sim and I thoroughly enjoyed both sessions and benefited a lot from them. Being able to contact the instructor before the sim session is also very helpful. The office staff were extremely friendly and made you feel very welcome. I felt like I was receiving the service I paid for and more! Thank you and I will inform you soon of the result of my interview!

Thank you for accommodating me on short notice! Please send my best regards to the pilot. He gave me excellent advice and most importantly I got the job!

My instructor was excellent. It was great preparation for my airline assessment. My expectations were exceeded and I’d highly recommend it.

Flight Simulator Experiences

Flight Simulator Experiences

Fly a multi million-pound flight simulator with a commercial airline pilot

Flight Simulator Experiences

Come and take the controls of one of the most advanced flight simulators in Europe with an experienced airline pilot to guide you through the flight.

We offer flight simulator experiences on our state of the art Boeing 737 Next Generation simulator. Normally reserved for airline pilot training, this is a fantastic opportunity to experience flying a seventy tonne Boeing 737-800 anywhere in the world!

Based at Cambridge Airport (near London Stansted Airport) the 737NG HDX FNPT2 simulator offers one of the best visual effects systems of its type. You’ll take control with an experienced airline pilot sitting next to you, talking you through the session. Our instructors are hand picked for their flying experience, piloting capabilities and friendly and approchable personalities.

Whether you would like to experience a landing at Hong Kong, or a take off at night at Heathrow, the session can be tailored to suit your requirements. You can even push the aircraft to its limits, attempting manoeuvres that shouldn’t be tried in real life!

When you arrive you’ll be greeted by a friendly and professional team of staff for some light refreshments before heading to the briefing room for a 30 minute discussion on operating the 737. This is your chance to ask any questions you like about flying or the aircraft. Once you’ve covered the basics, you will head “airside” into the 1.3 million pound simulator.

It makes a fantastic birthday or Christmas gift, or can be used by current pilots to brush up on their manual handling skills. You are welcome to come and view the simulator and see it in action before making the booking.

All sessions include a 30 minute pre-flight briefing. Prices are inclusive of VAT.

To make an enquiry or booking, contact [email protected] with a contact number and we’ll call you back.

Corporate Flight Simulator Experiences

Corporate Flight Simulator Experiences

The ultimate team building and personal development tool

Flight Simulator Experiences

Bring your team to fly one of most advanced Boeing 737 flight simulators in the country under the tuition of a current commercial airline pilot. Whether you are looking for a leadership development task, team building exercise, or a just a rewarding day out, we are able to tailor a package to suit your requirements. We are able to cater for both small and large groups ranging from 2 to 12 people. Come an fly a state of the art Boeing 737 simulator. Normally reserved for pilot training, this is a fantastic opportunity to experience flying a seventy tonne Boeing 737-800 anywhere in the world! Based in Cambridge, UK, the 737NG HDX FNPT2 simulator offers one of the best visual effect systems of it’s type in the country. In many cases it exceeds the details of the full motion level D simulators. We have developed a number of scenarios that have been purposely designed to maximise the enjoyment of you and your team:

“The Challenge”

“The Challenge”, a highly immersive and demanding exercise which requires a high level of team co-ordination and excellent communication skills. A team of three people have two hours of flight planning time to learn how to operate the 737 and plan a route from Manchester to Heathrow. The team then proceeds to the simulator to fly the 737 on the route they have planned without any input from the instructor. Email us for a brochure about this task!

“Mayday Mayday”

A look into the causes of a number of infamous air crashes with an expert commercial pilot instructor. After a two hour presentation about how and why human factors are still the largest contributors to aircraft crashes, you head into the flight simulator to see how the crashes happened in real time and how they could have been avoided. You then take the controls to see if you’ve got what it takes to be a commercial airline pilot. We can tailor a specific package to suit your requirements. Please don’t hesitate to contact our friends at Virtual Aviation for more information.

“Crash Landing”

Not for the faint hearted! After a brief lesson on the basics of flying the Boeing 737, compete with your colleagues to see who can land in the toughest conditions! How about a night landing into Hong Kong in a thunderstorm!? Or hitting a flock of birds and loosing both engines… can you glide the plane safely to landing? Email us for a call back or quote at [email protected]

A320 Online Training Package

Online A320 Training and Briefing Platform

A320 Online Training

We have an exciting new product available for the community. This kind of training platform is the first of its kind in the world, it’s new and innovative and the company are passionate about changing the way pilots train. We don’t often promote products to our followers but having sampled this product ourselves we simply had to write about and recommend it.

The all new A320 flight crew training and briefing video system explain in visual detail the normal and abnormal procedures of how to operate the Airbus A320. It combines cockpit footage with 3D animation, graphics and narration.

It is ideal for simulator assessments on the A320, preparation and studying before and during a A320 type rating course or your 6 monthly simulator LPC checks.

The training platform which is available on your smartphone, tablet or laptop / computer show you what you should be doing, why and when.

The videos highlight where you should be looking and what you need to see.

Procedures you only see once every few years in a simulator, you can now watch as many times as you want wherever you want, you could be on the train, sat in the car park before your simulator assessment or just sat at home – all you need is an internet connection.

Please note:

There are some fraudulent websites / Facebook pages promoting themselves as an agent of V-PREP. Users have paid their subscription with these companies and then not received access to the package. The only way to get access is directly through V-PREP. Use the link for a FDF special discount.

Latest Press Release

Flying High as New Pilot Training System is Launched.

Pilots learning to fly holiday jets could see their training transformed thanks to a revolutionary new product developed by a Midlands pilot.

Captain James Feeney who lives near Leek in Staffordshire has spent the last two years working with a team of developers, animators, graphic designers and 3D media specialists to perfect a unique online training system called V-Prep.

As seen on ITV’s hit series ’Inside the Cockpit,’ pilots learning to fly the A320 currently use a combination of text book learning and flight simulators before they venture into the cockpit – a process which takes up to 18 months.

Now thanks to Captain Feeney’s pioneering new system, pilots can supplement their training virtually. V-Prep combines 3D affects, cockpit video footage and voice-over explanations covering more than 80 different processes for the A320 including: normal procedures, flight control laws and protection and abnormal/emergency procedures. Pilots can access the training 24-7 via laptops, tablets, smartphones and anywhere with an internet connection.

Captain Feeney flew and trained on Boeing and Airbus aircraft for 23 years and has taught and examined pilots training to fly the A320 for the last ten years.

Now Chief Executive of V-Prep, the father of four says: “As a Training Captain I was frustrated by the lack of modern training material outside the simulator or classroom environment and the reliance on old-fashioned manuals. I saw that some pilots were supplementing their training with free online material that was often out of date and inaccurate, so I wanted to create something current, easily accessible, and easy to use and understand. We’ve already had enormous interest from organisations and individuals and with approximately 150,000 additional A320 pilots needed over the next 20 years to cope with the worldwide demand, we’re expecting more and more.”

Senior Captain Keith Longden from Andorra was a senior instructor at Airbus Industries Training, where he actually trained the trainers and has both taught and examined pilots learning to fly the Airbus aircraft over the last 25 years.

He has developed many of the techniques used to fly the Airbus today and provided much of the technical input into the V-Prep training system. He said: “We have developed an extremely professional product for pilots, and we have designed it around the way the A320 is flown. We have been absolutely scrupulous with our quality control and are extremely proud of the training we have developed, which we know will save pilots and airlines time and money. Our training is robust, accurate, up to date and will improve the overall learning experience for pilots by making complex procedures easier to learn.”

Pilots can sign up to the training model for $295 a year. Launched in July, the aim is to have 1000 people registered in the first year of operation and expand the site and its capability to offer training on other products in the future.

A test site for pilots to view before they sign up has also been set up and can be viewed by going to:

Visit to place your order for an annual subscription. The cost is $295 plus VAT, with FlightDeckFriend customers receiving a 10% discount by using the code fdf10%off during the checkout process.

Why Choose V-Prep?

All the instructors are Training Captains on the A320. Between them they have over 70 years and 40,000 hours of flying experience together with 25,000 hours training on modern jet aircraft in the simulator and in the air.

Captain Kieth Longden was a senior instructor at Airbus  Training in Toulouse (he trained the trainers) and has instructed and examined on many Airbus aircraft for over 25 years. He developed many of the techniques seen in our video’s. Although retired from his full time position he still trains for Airbus freelance, keeping up to date with the latest training information.

Captain James Feeney flew and trained on Boeing and Airbus aircraft for 23 years and instructed and examined on the A320 over the past 10 years. He has flown and trained on the A320 in Europe, America, Asia and the Middle East.

These videos are not shot from a smartphone at the back of a simulator. V-prep have invested significantly in ensuring that the sound and video quality is excellent. Don’t take our word for it, have a look at the demo video yourself.

They present the information using simulator footage, 2D and 3D animation and narration to give you a full understanding of WHAT you need to do and WHY you are doing it and WHEN.

A normal subscription is $295 + VAT for a 12-month subscription. Use the FDF promotional code for a 10% discount.

Once subscribed V-prep offer a full support service via email and phone in case of any problems, and you will be able to stream the videos 24/7.

The answer is EVERYTHING! The platform covers everything you need to know about the A320. All the procedures are derived from Training manuals and Airbus FCOM. They are updated as and when procedures change.

There are over 80 videos in total, including all Normal Procedures, Fight Control Laws and Protection, Abnormal and Emergency Procedures, Supplementary Training and FMGC Programming.

Further videos are being developed and added all the time.