For those who enjoy a bit of competition, when you join SimGym you gain access to our leaderboard system, allowing you to earn points for completing various activities.

Points structure:
  • Weekly pilot quiz: Up to 100 points (based on score)
  • Completing the weekly flight mission: 100 points
  • Attending a small group coaching session: 100 points (not including weekly flight mission fly-ins)
  • Completing one-on-one coaching session: 100 points
  • Passing a virtual pilot private pilot or instrument rating checkride: 1000 points

Every 5000 points accrued gives a $50 account credit you can use with one of our instructors.

Rules for getting weekly flight mission credit:

  • You can use any sim you want
  • Flying on PilotEdge is preferred, though not required
  • Submit logbook entry with proof of flight completion before the deadline
  • Proof of flight completion can be any of the following: A screenshot or picture of your sim during the flight showing the route on a GPS; A screenshot or picture of the map in your simulator or PilotEdge/VATSIM/IVAO tracking showing the completed ground track

Weekly flight missions, guidelines:

  • Treat every SimGym experience with the same level of seriousness as you would a real flight! Check the weather, TFRs, and NOTAMs. Use your checklist.
  • Flight scenarios are designed for the Cessna 172 or similar types of aircraft. The choice of avionics is at your discretion, though we suggest getting outside of your comfort zone! If you normally fly with the G1000, try to do some flying with the steam gauge version. And vice versa.
  • System failures:
    • X-Plane: Fly with “set MTBF” (Mean Time Before Failure) to 100 hours. In the Cessna 172, this should result in a failure once every flight. In addition, some scenarios may request that you set up an additional failure.
    • MS2020: Use a utility such as https://github.com/kanaron/RandFailuresFS2020
  • You may conduct the flight under either VFR or IFR. If the weather is not ideal for the flight plan type that you would prefer, then in each scenario, we provide some suggested VFR or IFR weather modifications you can make to help create an interesting scenario.
  • Research and answer all the suggested questions for the scenario! Dig into the source materials and you will be bound to learn new information to make you a more informed pilot.