13th Jul 2010, 00:20
I have an interview involving a sim ride in an A320 in about 8 days time!
Can anyone suggest where I could hire an A320 sim for 1hr in the San Antonio area.
Thanks for your help in advance.
14th Jul 2010, 14:23
It's not like there's a sim in every city. If you check the list of FAA approved sims, you'll see there are only ten cities in North America with A320 sims. SA isn't one of them. Most of them are owned by airlines which may not have a 142 program to let people off the street rent them.
Oddly enough, Boeing has an A320 sim, must be a "know your enemy" program.
14th Jul 2010, 14:41
I can suggest a company near DFW airport called Higher Power Aviation. They have one or two A320 sims and they will probably accommodate your needs. You have to drive there though.
14th Jul 2010, 16:57
Higher Power has one A320 sim in Dallas. As of May anyway. If you can travel a bit I'd recommend Pan Am Academy in Minneapolis. They have sim prep programs for interview screening. They use the NATCO facility (Delta/Northwest training center) which has 4 or 5 A320 sims. I used them to remove my circling approach VMC only limitation on my type rating.
14th Jul 2010, 23:34
Many thanks for your input and help.
15th Jul 2010, 20:08
I'd go with HPA, not PanAm. PA uses the Natco facility, but is not NATCO quality. HPA does not sell signitures on paperwork, they sell quality training.
I have used both and will never use a PanAm facility again.
17th Jul 2010, 21:54
Sorry to hear you had bad experiences with PA. I only used them once, for the circling restriction removal, and it was just fine. That being said, I have only ever heard positives about HPA, so I am sure they are a great way to go.
While I have never been through an HPA program, I was just at their facility back in April/May for new-hire training and used the A320 sim. It is one of the newest, and quite possibly the newest, A320 simulator in the world. It has the new electric motion system installed and it is a very nice simulator.
30th Jul 2010, 17:23
HPA is a first class outfit. The also have the Airbus sim.