I understand that Eagle is getting a Sim?
Simulators are expensive to acquire and operate, particularly for operators with a comparatively small fleet, however that should not preclude [I]using[I] a simulator to carry out these critical manoeuvers, particularly on an initial endorsement.
Yes, Aussie and NZ operators are typically a long way from the nearest sim, and yes, a simple renewal takes at least 3 pilots out of the system for about a week (with travel). Yes, the travel and accommodation costs are high........
.........but the alternative cost is TOO HIGH.