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)

CompanySimulatorLocationPrice
MotionFBS 737NG, Dry HireGatwick£60 P/H
Virtual AerospaceFBS 737-800, Dry HireNorthampton, Shoreham£110.00 P/H
Virtual AviationFBS 737NG / A320, Dry HireCambridge£120 P/H
AlphaTechFBS A320, Dry HireBelfast & Vienna£144 P/H
SimTech Aviation
FBS B737-800Dublin€300 P/H
SkyBourne
B737MAXGloucestershire Airport£300 P/H +VAT
Virtual Aerospace
FFS 737-800 / A320Gatwick£499.99 P/H
Lufthansa
VariousFrankfurtPOA
HOPCRJ/ERJFrancePOA
CompanySimulatorPriceLocation
MotionFBS 737NG, Dry Hire£60 P/HGatwick
Virtual AerospaceFBS 737-800, Dry Hire£110.00 P/HNorthampton, Shoreham
Virtual AviationFBS 737NG / A320, Dry Hire£120 P/HCambridge
AlphaTechFBS A320, Dry Hire£144 P/HBelfast & Vienna
SimTech Aviation
FBS B737-800€300 P/HDublin
SkyBourne
B737MAX£300 P/H +VATGloucestershire Airport
Virtual Aerospace
FFS 737-800 / A320£499.99 P/HGatwick
Lufthansa
VariousPOAFrankfurt
HOPCRJ/ERJPOAFrance

APS Multi Crew Cooperation Course (MCC)

APS Multi-Crew Cooperation Course (MCC)

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

APS Multi-Crew Cooperation Course (MCC)

Location: Cambridge Airport, UK

Simulator Type: Either B737NG or A320

Duration: 3 Weeks

Price: £6,900 (further discount available)

Book your VA Airline Training ‘Airline Ready’ APS MCC through FDF and get £250 off your booking, or if you book as a pair, an additional £300 off EACH.

To receive your discount, quote the code ‘FDFAPS1021‘ when making the booking with VA Airline Training.

APS MCC FlightDeckFriend.com Discount

VA Airline Training’s ‘Airline Ready’ APS MCC is priced at £6,900, including VAT. FlightDeckFriend.com customers can receive £250 off if they book individually and an additional £300 (each) if booked as a pair.

The APS MCC

It is critical that student pilots don’t under estimate the importance of the MCC & JOC phases of flight training when it comes to employability. The quality of the training given and the fidelity of the simulator device on which it’s completed will affect your employment prospects, so don’t make the mistake of shopping on price alone!

We want to ensure that when you have completed your training with our training partners, you have ALL the necessary skills to secure an airline interview, pass the selection process and then perform to a high standard on the type rating.

We believe 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



Pass Rate

VA’s APS MCC graduates are achieving an impressive pass rate of over 85% at their first airline assessment, which compares favourably with the industry average pass rate of 45-50% for pilots who have completed an MCC/JOC course.



Course Dates

VA Airline Training have ongoing course dates commencing weekly. Please call us to book your place.



Entry Requirements

You will need to hold a current CPL with Instrument Rating and Multi-Engine experience (ME/IR) or the Skills Test pass certificates if awaiting licence issue.



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

We know there are a lot of choices out there when it comes to APS MCC and JOC courses, but it’s vital that your introduction to a multi crew environment and commercial jet operations be to the highest possible standard. Here are a few reasons to choose the VA Airline Training ‘Airline Ready’ APS MCC course:

  • One of the most advanced simulators of its type in the United Kingdom
  • 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)
  • Genuine Boeing flight dynamics package ensuring the aircraft feels almost identical to the real thing
  • Instructors with extensive operational and instructional experience coupled with the enthusiasm required to ensure you get the best out of your training
  • Developing the multi crew skills required for modern commercial airline operations whilst becoming familiar with a high performance jet aircraft – the most popular commercial aircraft in history

Jet Orientation Course (JOC)

Jet Orientation Course

A JOC specifically designed to ensure you are well prepared for your first flying job

FDF’s Jet Orientation Course (JOC)

In conjunction with our flight training partners, we are pleased to offer a Jet Orientation Course (JOC) of the highest quality, specifically designed for modern day commercial airline operations. It has been developed to help you get your first airline job with the course culminating in an airline assessment style simulator check for an airline of your choice.

All training is completed by current, hand picked commercial airline pilots on hand to provide expert tuition and advice. Our Jet Orientation Course is completed on a state of the art Boeing 737NG simulator (the worlds most popular commercial aircraft). The training is completed close to London Stansted Airport in the UK. You will receive a high level of personal attention with a maximum of two students per instructor.

This intensive Jet Orientation Course is completed over a two day period, consisting of 8 hours ground school and 8 hours in the simulator. We are able to bring you this for a highly competitive price, please call or email for the details.

The course syllabus has been designed to ensure that on completion you are confident with advanced jet aircraft handling techniques and are well prepared for an airline simulator assessment check. The course comprises of the following modules:



We can help arrange discounted accommodation within walking distance of the training facility for approximately £50 a night.

We run Jet Orientation Courses on a weekly basis, please contact us for specific dates. Our flight training team is ready to assist in any way we can. To make an enquiry or booking, request a call back from our flight training manager:

Email: [email protected]

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