Flight simulators are the tools of the future. Though traditionally used to train pilots and flight crews in the procedures used during various flight situations, there will come a day soon when instrument trained flight crew members will be the proverbial blue eyed boys. Even as a training tool though, a flight simulator has many advantages and there is much that a professional pilot can learn by training on a flight simulator.
Modern day flight simulators are the result of the latest advancements in software technology. Such is their prowess that they can now mimic various real life situations to the last detail, and offer pilots a chance to experience what it would be like to fly an expensive aircraft without taking the risks of actually flying and crashing one in reality! Case in point is the 737 simulator which has a flight deck resembling the glass cockpit of the Boeing 737.
What does a professional pilots and airline manufacturers gain by simulation training?
For many civil airlines like the Boeings and the Airbuses, the cost of building an aircraft is so high that there is no way the company would allow an aircraft to be used for real time flying practice. The risks of handing over a huge and expensive machine like that to a completely fresh-off-the-boat pilot are too much to even imagine. In comparison, the cost of training pilots on a simulator is more feasible and given the level of accuracy (in terms of weather and flight conditions, and emergency situation scenarios) that flight simulators like the 737 simulator can achieve, it is a win-win for all concerned.