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Simulator Assessment Preparation

Our professional, one-to-one simulator assessment preparation sessions are designed to give you the best possible chance of passing the simulator check and getting the job. We are not here to judge you on your skills, but to help you and give you all the support you need to prepare. 


Going for an airline assessment before MCC?
Take a look at our new Intensive Simulator Assessment Preparation

What makes our assessment preparation the best available?

Expert advice

As leaders in assessment preparation we have unrivalled knowledge of the most airline assessment profiles. Our service extends beyond the simulator session itself, and we are here to assist you 7 days a week, 362 days a year.

Current instructors

Your instructor is there to assist you, not to test you, so you can practise without the pressure of examiner scrutiny. Our instructor requirements are exceptionally high, and most instructors are actually current line pilots.

Choice of aircraft types

We can offer you access to a larger fleet of Airbus and Boeing full flight simulators than any other company in the UK. We have our own B737-800 fixed based simulator which offers exceptional value for money.

Choice of locations

Through our partnerships with CAE, CTC and Boeing Training, your preparation session can take place at one of six locations at Gatwick, Manchester or Southampton. Or visit our own Training Centre at Cambridge Airport.

Proven track record

Virtual Aviation is a leading provider of specialist simulator training and we have helped many hundreds of commercial pilots secure their first airline position in the 16 years since the company was formed in 1998.

Last minute bookings

If you are not given much warning of your simulator assessment, we can usually still help. With a large team of instructors to call upon, we can often make bookings at very short notice.

Customer feedback

I was extremely happy with the service I received from Virtual Aviation. My instructor did a great job in preparing me for my upcoming assessment. I would certainly recommend Virtual Aviation’s services!
— Ross Colman
I was phoned by Ryanair 2 days ago informing that I was successful in the assessment and they have offered me a type rating starting in June. I certainly think my time in the sim at cambridge helped a huge way towards this success. Thanks very much.
— Ian M
As an experienced pilot I booked a refresher session to prepare myself for an airline selection process after not having flown for a while. The instructor fully understood my needs, tailored the session to exactly what I needed and demonstrated very good instructional technique in ensuring that I got the maximum value from the session. The session made a really big difference to personal performance at the airline selection day, not only in my flying accuracy but also in my confidence and awareness of what I was doing which really helped me relax and perform successfully. The session was well worth doing and I would recommend the training event to experienced pilots seeking a refresher as well as young chaps developing their skills.
— Neil Sheath
I found this experience very helpful. At the assessment I was very confident with the airplane thanks to the hours I did with Virtual Aviation. The instructor has been extremely helpful, I remain impressed from his professionalism. Thanks to Virtual Aviation I got the job!
— Marco T
I found my sessions in the 737-800 incredibly useful in preparation for my Ryanair assessment. Rob and Tim were both extremely knowledgeable and supportive throughout. I wouldn’t hesitate in recommending Virtual Aviation to anybody with an assessment coming up - indeed I’d say you’d be very foolish not to pay them a visit!
— Jack R

These are just some of the airlines our customers are now flying for


An experienced team on hand to assist you

When you deal with us you can expect small-company service and attention to detail. We're passionate about what we do, and about making sure your experience with us is an exceptional one.

So if you want advice about an upcoming assessment or any other related simulator training we offer, just ask. Our friendly, specialist team are just a phone call away.

Our office is open 6 days a week and you can call us on 01223 979737 or send us a message.

 Mark Green, Flight Training Manager

Mark Green, Flight Training Manager

Prices (Fixed Base Simulator)

At around half the hourly cost of a full flight simulator, the latest-generation fixed base simulators provide exceptional value for money. At our Cambridge Airport Flight Training Centre near London Stansted we have a new B737-800 simulator which entered service in January 2018. A new Airbus A320 simulator is scheduled to enter service in late 2018.

Simulator Training

1hr briefing
2hr simulator session
30min de-briefing

Instructor included

£575 plus VAT
£690 including VAT

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Simulator Training

1hr briefing
3hr simulator session
30min de-briefing

Instructor included

£825 plus VAT
£990 including VAT

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Simulator Training

1hr briefing
4hr simulator session
30min de-briefing

Instructor included

£1075 plus VAT
£1290 including VAT

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A discount of 10% is available to graduates of our AirlineReady™ APS MCC or the previous MCC+JOC

Prices (Full Flight Simulator)

Choose from a large fleet of Airbus & Boeing full-motion flight simulators at London Gatwick, Manchester and Southampton.

Prices vary depending on location and simulator type. Please call us on 01223 979737 for pricing and availability.

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