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A preliminary examination of the effectiveness of a simulator-based training program for pilots was conducted. Thirteen students of varying backgrounds, with limited flight experience enrolled in an intensive, simulator-based flight training program. Six students completed their FAA Private Pilot certificates in an average of five weeks, while five completed within four weeks. They completed instrument ratings within three or four weeks. These qualifications were completed with fewer flight hours than the US average. One student stopped training, but four remaining students have completed their FAA commercial, multi-engine and instructor qualifications in a timely and cost-effective manner. A combination of intensive classroom, simulator and traditional in-aircraft instruction was successful. Camaraderie and shared learning experiences were considered important to successful completion of the students’ flight training. Numerous questions still surround this training approach, including implications for instructional techniques, and students’ depth and continuity of learning.