CockpitWeb - IFR Simulator v5.0


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V5.0 is out now! Fly at a higher level!

Do you want to practice IFR procedures endlessly? Do you want unlimited flight time without extra cost?

Do you want to improve your instrument scan and your IFR flying skills?

Do you want to fly in your sofa, just by using a laptop?

Do you want to become an IFR-expert and learn all the details of IFR flying: how to fly holdings and approaches, how to calculate VDP and MDA, etc...

Are you a qualified pilot and you want to refresh IFR procedures or sharpen your
instrument scan?

Then the all-in-one IFR Simulator is here for you. It's unique! You will learn all about IFR at home and stay one step ahead of your training.

Become an IFR expert! The CockpitWeb IFR Simulator is a professional IFR training method, developed by experienced airline pilots. This ‘home trainer’ for pilots includes a complete IFR course and is the ideal tool to learn or improve your IFR knowledge, exercise IFR procedures and improve your instrument scan and flying skills. As a result, your flight training becomes easier, you will reduce flight time and flight training cost, while still improving your situational awareness! If you want to become a better and safer pilot and you are looking for the best training, then use the CockpitWeb IFR Simulator!

The IFR Simulator is ideal for qualified pilots to refresh IFR procedures, maintain and improve instrument scan and flying skills and prepare for MCC sessions, checkrides or airline simulator assessments. Astonish your instructors and examiners!

The Cockpitweb IFR Simulator gives you unlimited flight training!

The impressive IFR Simulator is a unique combination of IFR manual + Exercises + Simulator + more...:

1) IFR Manual

The IFR manual is 140 pages of IFR theory and is divided into 13 chapters: Basic instruments, instrument flying, navigation, radio navigation instruments, tracking, interceptions, DME arcs, holdings, ILS approaches, non-precision approaches, initial and intermediate approach, departures and flight considerations. The theory is explained with many examples. It is easy to read and fast to study. It was written to enable self-study. In a couple of hours you will learn all about instrument flying, radio navigation and IFR flying!

The manual deals with all IFR subjects, from the use of VOR and ADF to interceptions, holdings, ILS and non-precision approaches. You will learn about missed approach point, approach ban, decision altitude, minimum descent altitude, visual descent point, DME arcs, … and much more.

"The manual is an excellent summary of the essential theory of instrument flight and is particularly handy because it manages to combine a comprehensive approach with compactness. It gathers information into a single reference volume and lets you in on the pragmatic tips instructors use to help students handle the mental gymnastics that are a feature of instrument flight. The material is arranged in the logical sequence typical of a real-world training syllabus, starting with the basics of attitude instrument flying and closing with the complex subjects." PC Pilot Magazine, U.K.

"The IFR manual is an integral part of the <IFR Training Simulator > concept, and is very well explained and illustrated.", Microsimulateur Magazine, France.

2) 70 different built-in exercises

The exercises follow the IFR theory explained in the IFR manual. A built-in algorithm automatically generates dozens of random tests for each of the 70 exercises. The IFR Simulator offers unlimited exercise opportunity.

Student-pilots learn the IFR step-by-step and gradually become an IFR expert. Qualified pilots refresh procedures and sharpen their skills. As if an instructor or ATC controller is sitting next to you. Without extra cost of course!

The exercises are divided into 10 chapters: Instrument flying, radio navigation, tracking, interceptions, DME arcs, holdings, ILSs, non-precision approaches, arrivals and departures.

"The software's biggest attraction is its series of practical exercises, which grade you as you fly and follow a logical instruction syllabus. Programmed exercises start with the basics and progress to the complex." PC Pilot Magazine, U.K.

Basically, there are 2 types of exercises: STATIC EXERCISES and FLY EXERCISES.

STATIC EXERCISES are mental procedure trainers to check whether you understand the theory and to sharpen your mental skills. A question is asked and you need to enter a result. Then the computer generates another test. Make as many different tests as you want while the computer keeps track of your score.

FLY EXERCISES allow you to fly a procedure in real-time using the IFR Simulator. The program makes life very easy: it randomly positions the airplane and automatically takes care of the instrument set-up like frequencies, course settings and holding drawing! It's simply fantastic! Just click the start-button and start flying. Click the 'NEW EXERCISE' button to generate another test.

"The IFR Simulator is a solid training aid for students - and instructors - of instrument flying, particularly where new concepts and procedures are being introduced for the first time. I could see myself recommending this software to instrument students and using it as part of a training syllabus, demonstrating new material and assigning exercises to build the student's confidence and highlight deficiencies to be addressed before jumping in an airplane. The Autotrim feature is excellent for students being introduced to tricky - and initially overwhelming - concepts such as determining how to apply mnemonics including 'Pilot-Teacher-Dummy' and 'NDBTOP' to plan / enter a hold and then stay in protected airspace despite crosswinds." Iain D., Commercial Flight Instrument Instructor / reviewer.

3) A unique IFR simulator

The IFR Simulator is modelled after the Piper PA-28 Cherokee. A joystick is not required! Fly at home, like a pro! In your sofa, at your bedroom desk, ... Thanks to the intelligent built-in Autotrim you can truly fly just using your computer keyboard. Virtually 'visit' your local airports while sitting in your sofa. Do you have a flight tomorrow? Then check the weather forecast today, run the IFR Simulator, set the wind and practice the local procedures already today! Holdings, ILS and non-precision approaches, DME arcs, etc.... As many as you want!

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4) Flight preparation

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The IFR Simulator v1.0 was finalist in the prestigious Flight Global Magazine Aerospace Industry Awards 2005 for its "innovation and excellence" in the General Aviation sector!


The IFR Simulator costs less than 30 min. of IFR flight!

You can purchase the Simulator separately.

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"Allow me to congratulate you for the quality, robustness, and great accuracy of your software. I like the great tutorial, the ease of use, and the Autotrim that removes all the frustration associated with the typically unstable pitch trimming found in most simulators." Frederic B.

"I read your whole book. I like the style of it because there's no blabla - it comes directly to the point." Felix M.

"Your book and the computerized exercices are very interesting by providing tricks to help the IR or future IR pilot." Patrick D.

"What is great is the exercise part linked with the tutorial book and to have 1 software for conversions, mass and balance, exercises and simulator. Real value for money!" Philippe L..

"It's really great!" Thomas D.

"I recommend the Cockpitweb IFR Simulator because it is devoted to IFR fundamentals and it does this very well, without any other trouble of piloting the aircraft. Furthermore it's a very light and quick launched software. The simulator itself is, of course, the best part of the program but the manual is very good too, in teaching or training oneself in IFR basics." Gérard L.

"The Cockpitweb IFR Simulator is very useful for several reasons:
- For the future IR pilot he would be more familiar with the use of the NDB, VOR and ILS before beginning the simulator or flight phase of the IR course. It would avoid additional training and will allow the fastest move during the training phase and thus better 'economy' and a higher level.
- For an already IR qualified pilot the IFR Simulator is a wonderful, inexpensive tool which can be run on every PC (a must) and which is a procedure trainer allowing to maintain the skills (for the computations, timing and materialization). I have been flying a Locator approach with a Holding after several months without flying, the software has helped me to remain familiar with the needle management and to be less loaded when flying the approach."
Patrick D.

"Impressive! An ideal tool for serious students of fixed-wing instrument flying. The IFR manual provides an excellent summary of the theory of instrument flying, punctuated with valuable suggestions and hints. It also links effectively with the simulator's programmed exercises that will test whether you really can apply the instrument flying theory you've learned. " PC Pilot Magazine, U.K.

"An amazing product. The advantages of this product, created by and for pilots, are indisputable. A very complete package." Microsimulateur, France

IFR Simulator

Here is a short overview of the amazing features of the IFR Simulator.

Fly the PA-28 with 'classic' cockpit.


Or fly the PA-28 with EFIS cockpit!


The CONCEPT of the IFR Simulator is simple:
1) Load an AREA: at which airport you want to fly.
2) Set or load a STARTPOSITION: where you want to start flying.

1) Load an AREA

Load an AREA from the Worldwide Navigation Database. The Database includes more than 10,000 airports and 14,000 navaids. You can fly a holding over JFK, fly an ILS at London Heathrow or fly at your local airfield and practice your local procedures!

[NEW] Any AREA can be easily changed and saved. Did the magnetic course of your local ILS change recently? You can edit the ILS in a few seconds!

[NEW] Share AREAs with friends via email or upload your AREA on the newly created CockpitWeb Facebook group.


The STARTPOSITION PANEL offers full flexibility to position the airplane in any desired location. Any STARTPOSITION can be saved.

[NEW] Discover the NEW AMAZING AUTO Holding-ILS switch to automatically position the airplane ready to fly holdings or approaches, while taking care of instrument setup (frequencies and courses).

"Valuably, starting positions can be defined relative to an instrument approach's locator outer marker, or to a VOR, NDB or ILS transmitter. If you're new to the art of flying instrument approaches you can give yourself a head start by placing your aircraft precisely at the final approach fix and aligned with the final approach or localiser course." PC Pilot Magazine, U.K.

3) Set the wind

Start flying!

The IFR Simulator is unique. You don't require a joystick or any expensive gear. The airplane is modelled after the Piper PA-28 Cherokee. An Autotrim creates a stable easy-to-fly airplane, truly flyable with the computer keyboard. This allows you to focus on the IFR procedures instead of struggling to control the airplane. And don't worry if you think the Simuator is too easy: 3 turbulence modes (light, moderate or severe) can make your flight more challenging and realistic and will really improve your instrument scan!

"The CockpitWeb IFR SImulator's aircraft is engineered to be particularly stable. The authors have dubbed this stability feature 'Autotrim', stressing that it allows pilots to focus entirely on learning instrument and navigation procedures rather than struggling to control the aircraft itself. Pilots just starting instrument training and discovering the mental workload that's involved will find the Autotrim a real bonus.The Autotrim system does have the benefit of making the CockpitWeb IFR Simulator truly flyable using a keyboard, something that isn't a rewarding experience with most sims." PC Pilot Magazine, U.K.

The zoomable Map shows the aircraft's position and flight path, all navaids (VORs, NDBs and ILSs), as well as wind direction and wind speed, drift, track and groundspeed. Drawing a (yellow) holding on the Map is straightforward. You can draw a left-hand or right-hand holding at any navaid in any direction and change the size.

A zoomable Vertical Map shows the ILS and outer marker.

Example: KORD, Chicago O'Hare, U.S.A. area. The holding is drawn in yellow. The Map can be shown during flight together with all navigation instruments to improve your situational awareness.

The full screen instruments are are easy to read and scan to allow precision flight. The simulator has an adjustable instrument panel that allows you to activate an HSI and RMI. There is an option to put glideslope off to fly a localiser-only non-precision approach.

Flight Preparation

A fast, easy and safe calculation of Navigation Log + Mass & Balance + Conversions!

The Flight Preparation is included in the IFR Simulator! Now it only takes seconds to prepare a flight!

Navigation log

The Navigation Log will automatically calculate your flight log: wind drift and wind correction angle, groundspeed, elapsed time and even cruise fuel consumption for each flight leg, as well as the total flight time and total cruise fuel consumption. It’s also very handy to make last minute changes. Did the wind change? No problem: insert the new wind, click the button, print the flight log and you are ready to go!

Mass & Balance

The Mass & Balance program will automatically calculate the mass and CG (centre of gravity) of the aircraft. It’s very handy to reposition passengers and luggage or adjust the fuel and immediately see how this affects mass and CG. It can be used for any type of airplane, single or multi-engine, that can carry up to 6 persons. It can be printed and saved.


Whether you want to convert nautical miles into kilometers or pounds into kilograms. The program includes more than 90 2-way conversions (180 conversions total).

IFR Simulator reviews

"An ideal tool for serious students of fixed-wing instrument flying. The printed material provides an excellent summary of the theory of instrument flying, punctuated with valuable suggestions and hints. It also links effectively with the simulator's programmed exercises that will test whether you really can apply the instrument flying theory you've learned. "

Review of Cockpitweb IFR Simulator by PC Pilot Magazine, U.K.

"An amazing product. The advantages of this product, created by and for pilots, are indisputable. A very complete package."

Microsimulateur, France

Review of Cockpitweb IFR Simulator by MICROSIMULATEUR magazine, France, the former French flight simulation magazine.


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