At least 24 hours prior to the event to ensure sufficient instructor staffing

Due no later than Sunday at 11:59 PM Pacific

Instructor-Supervised Group Flight Info

Saturday, February 5, 13:00 – 14:00 Eastern (1800-1900 UTC) via SimGym Discord.

Flight instructor: Mike Catalfamo

Can’t make it this time? Check the SimGym calendar for the next event. Remember, you can still complete the flight on your own and receive SimGym credit by submitting a logbook entry before the deadline.

Please RSVP no later than 24 hours prior to the event to ensure appropriate instructor staffing levels. Thanks!

Note: If you are not already comfortable using Discord, or if you have a more complex simulator setup with multiple monitors or external panels, we highly recommend setting up a brief orientation call before the session to check your audio and screen sharing by emailing

  1. If you don’t already have a Discord account, download Discord and make a new account.
  2. Use this link to submit your Discord username so we can provide access to the private SimGym channel.
  3. At the start of the event, open the Flight Sim Coach Discord server and join the “Small Group Event / Voice and Screen Share” channel. If you don’t see this, please call Mike at 401-440-6845.

    You can then share your screen with the instructor by pressing the “Screen” button in the lower-left of the Discord window, then selecting your flight simulator application or the entire screen. 

You’re encouraged to complete any pre-flight planning prior to the start of the instructor session and then ask questions once the instructor is online.

We recommend using PTT-only mode in Discord. If you’re not using PTT mode, you can also easily mute/unmute yourself using the keyboard shortcut CTRL+SHIFT+M

If you don’t want to hear the chatter between the instructor and other clients, use the “deafen mode” in Discord. The keyboard shortcut is CTRL+SHIFT+D.

Note that these keyboard shortcuts may not work when Discord is not the active window. You can use ALT+TAB to cycle between your simulator and Discord to toggle mute/deafen.

Alternatively, some users have success with assigning a new keybind to the mute/deafen commands in Discord, or running Discord in the administrator mode.

Even if you have just started your student pilot or flight sim journey, we want you to feel welcome to complete these missions at your own pace!

There is no obligation to set any of the failure conditions or research some of the more advanced questions often included in these scenarios.

You’re welcome to simply have fun with these routes and focus on the basics – flying the airplane from point A to B!

Our instructors will still be happy to provide basic guidance during the group session to help answer your questions, no matter what your experience level.

Planning Tools


Departure Airport

Identifier: 8W5
Name: Apex Airpark Airport
Location: Silverdale, WA

Distance: 32 nautical miles

PilotEdge ATC coverage: Seattle Approach and Tower

Arrival Airport

Airport identifier: S36
Name: Norman Grier Field Airport
Location: Kent, WA

For All Flights


Calculate the takeoff and landing distances (to clear a 50 ft obstacle with additional safety margin).

Practice the published short field takeoff and landing procedures for your aircraft.

For VFR Flights


If real-world weather is IMC: Set weather to clear skies and unlimited visibility

Prohibited Airspace

Use caution for the prohibited airspace (P-51) to the north of Apex, as well as the National Security Area over Bremerton. 

Communications (Class B)

Request either the Seahawk or Mariner transition from Seattle Tower. Have a plan B in case they do not approve your request.

While you’re in the Class B airspace, what are the cloud clearance and visibility requirements?


Using, become familiar with the 4 different types of VFR charts available for this route: World VFR, Seattle (sectional), Seattle TAC, and Seattle FLY. What are the differences between them?

For IFR Flights


We recommend completing this flight mission under VFR. There is no instrument approach at S36.