TakeFlight Interactive

A New Paradigm in Flight Training

As technology changes the way we learn, Seattle-based TakeFlight Interactive is bringing that paradigm shift to flight training. Combining the power of games, artificial intelligence, and data analytics, we’ve developed a Virtual Flight Instructor.

Our Virtual Instructor makes it possible to master flight maneuvers on your own, before stepping into the cockpit. By making aviation training accessible, measurable, repeatable and fun, we aim to have a dramatic effect on the aviation industry through outreach, education, and training.

TakeFlight is creating safer pilots, in less time, and at greatly reduced costs.



TakeFlight Academy is a new training platform that combines the power of games, artificial intelligence, and data analytics to create a Virtual Flight Instructor.

In TakeFlight Academy, pilots work their way through the same maneuvers used on check-rides. In the virtual cockpit, our Virtual Instructor will speak to you, giving direct instruction and continuous feedback in your headset, and use visual queues when needed. All the while your performance is objectively scored against FAA standards.

Now you can master flight maneuvers, on your own, before stepping into the cockpit!

TakeFlight Academy is designed for:

  • Student pilots, to learn and practice flight maneuvers, reducing time needed in the aircraft
  • Licensed pilots, to stay sharp, hone skills, or prepare for a flight review
  • Flight instructors, to help students reach their goals faster, and overcome learning plateaus
  • Training organizations, to increase training efficiency, increase graduation rates, and achieve higher student to aircraft/instructor ratios

TakeFlight Academy - Early Access


We’re seeking a limited number of participants for our early access program. Don’t miss the opportunity to get in on the ground floor and help shape a product poised to have a profound impact on aviation.

What do I need?

What do I get?

The alpha currently consists of 16 scenarios across 9 lessons - with more currently in development. Additionally, your scores and progress are stored in the cloud. You can log-off from home then log-in at the flight school and continue right where you left off!

What does it cost?

An introductory price of $30 gives you unlimited access to all updates and new content through Early Access. Your participation also qualifies you for discounts on later releases. Future pricing will increase as new training content is added, so get in early and save!

How do I sign-up?

If you’d like to participate, please visit the TakeFlight Academy Portal and create an account, then follow the instructions to download and install TakeFlight Academy. If you have any questions, please email us at support@takeflightinteractive.com.



About TakeFlight Academy

User Interface
  • On-Simulator Curriculum
  • After logging into the simulator, you see a personalized curriculum. It shows your past performance, and what to do next.
  • Progress is stored on the cloud, so you can practice at home or at the flight school and pick up where you left off.
Briefing
  • Briefings & Curated Content
  • All the information you need to get started is right here.
  • A pre-manuever briefing with text and images, as well as curated video content from around the web is enough to get you started.
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  • No Experience Necessary
  • Our curriculum starts with the basics, and each lesson builds on the last.
  • The Virtual Instructor maintains an optimal level of challenge at all times. Never so easy as to be boring, nor difficult to the point of frustration, each maneuver builds on the last.
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  • Real-Time Feedback
  • Like being in the plane with a real instructor, our virtual instructor coaches you through maneuvers.
  • She can demonstrate maneuvers before handing over the flight controls, and then provides instruction and feedback, right into your headset.
Score
  • Objective Scoring
  • Scoring based on FAA ACS standards allows for self-evaluation and shows exactly where you where you need to improve.
  • The ability to practice maneuvers at high-repetition, paired with detailed feedback and performance analysis, makes for highly effective, safe, and economical training.

With the growing demand for commercial pilots worldwide, a new approach to training is critical. With a flight training platform that leverages the latest technology in games, artificial intelligence and big data, TakeFlight Interactive is poised to attract, engage, and train the next generation of pilots. Our Virtual Flight Instructor enables a much needed paradigm shift in flight training. One that creates safer pilots, in less time, and at greatly reduced costs.

Safer Pilots

Our simulation-integrated curriculum enables powerful new training methods. Like using the Virtual Instructor where rapid iteration is necessary, to learn and practice maneuvers, then using the airplane to validate and demonstrate skills in a real-world environment. This enables more efficient use of actual flight time, such as spending more time flying in the system, making decisions as pilot in command, rather than flying back and forth to the practice area. In this way, we can create more complete and safer pilots.

In Less Time

The Virtual Flight Instructor is always available and ever patient, allowing pilots to train anytime regardless of location, weather, or aircraft and instructor availability. Our training scenarios are short and to the point, enabling high-repetition exercises to quickly master flight maneuvers. This self-paced learning enables pilots to practice as much as necessary to reach proficiency, without the time constraints of the aircraft.

Reduce Costs

By shifting costs away from expensive aircraft, to low cost simulation, we can reduce the cost of a private pilot license by 40% on average. Currently, much of a student pilot’s flight time is spent flying to and from the practice area, with little contact time in actual maneuvering flight. By mastering skills on the simulator, fewer rudimentary lessons in the aircraft are needed.

It Works!

The holy grail of simulation-based training is positive transference to the aircraft, and TakeFlight does this in spades. Alaska Airlines funded a recent project where students with no aviation experience trained used TakeFlight before they first stepped into the airplane. After quickly mastering several short scenarios, they were able to fly nearly all of their first real flight themselves, as compared to the typical, “watch the CFI” discovery flight. This early success allowed them to approach the plane with confidence, helping these students complete their first solo flight in only 15 hours as compared to 25 hour school average, a savings of $2000 in flight hours to reach solo.

How it Works

With TakeFlight, pilots work their way through the same maneuvers required on check-rides. Once in the virtual cockpit, the Virtual Flight Instructor will speak to you, giving direct instruction and continuous feedback in your headset. All the while your performance is objectively scored based on FAA standards.

The Virtual Instructor maintains an optimal level of challenge, never so easy as to be boring, or difficult to be frustrating, with each maneuver building on the last. Each training scenario is designed to be easy to accomplish initially, with scoring tuned to be more difficult, driving mastery. This provided an optimal level of challenge at all times. Each next maneuver is unlocked only when the student is ready.

TakeFlight’s Technology

TakeFlight’s training platform is architected to be simulation hardware and software agnostic, running on hardware ranging from a simple laptop and joystick to full motion simulators. While currently running on Lockheed’s Prepar3D simulation, it’s a short reach to compatibility with X-Plane, Microsoft FSX, as well as platforms used by commercial aviation and the military such as Virtual Procedure Trainers and Full Flight Simulators. While Virtual and Augmented Reality (VR/AR) has yet to become mainstream, TakeFlight is ready to embrace that new medium when able.

Scalable & Customizable

TakeFlight’s training platform is architected to be simulation hardware and software agnostic, running on hardware ranging from a simple laptop and joystick to full motion simulators. While currently running on Lockheed’s Prepar3D simulation, it’s a short reach to compatibility with X-Plane, Microsoft FSX, as well as platforms used by commercial aviation and the military such as Virtual Procedure Trainers and Full Flight Simulators. While Virtual and Augmented Reality (VR/AR) has yet to become mainstream, TakeFlight is ready to embrace that new medium when able.

Benefiting Aviation Worldwide

As commercial aviation grows at an exponential rate in emerging economies, it is critical to attract, engage and train the next generation of pilots. TakeFlight Interactive can benefit a broad spectrum of programs such as aviation outreach & education and training. The game-like nature of our training experience makes learning fun. And the ability to gain aviation skills without an aircraft makes aviation accessible for millions who would otherwise not have access. We are working with schools, museums and aircraft manufacturers to inspire and train the next generation of aviators. We would love to talk to you about more ways we can help, contact us anytime.


We bring the excitement of video games to aviation education and outreach. TakeFlight's technology represents a new and innovative way to attract, engage and inspire the next generation of aviators.

A great simulation experience does not require expensive hardware, or an aviation expert. Takeflight uses low-cost hardware and its simple user interface that allows anyone to get up and flying quickly. Students log-in and control the simulation through an game-like interface. Our simulation integrated curriculum enables independent-learning - freeing the educator from talking through each step.

We have successfully engaged students grades 5-12 from all walks of life. We would love to talk to you about how we can benefit your edication programs. Contact us anytime.

It’s amazing to see how engaging experiential learning can be:

  • Museum of Flight Aviation Learning Center
  • TakeFlight team members were contracted to build and deliver scenarios for the Boeing Museum of Flight's Aviation Learning Center. Three scenarios, each one customized for three different age groups, enable kids to learn the basics of aerial navigation while flying from Boeing Field in Seattle to Paine Field in Everett.

  • TakeFlight maintains a close relationship with the Museum of Flight and shares the dream of making aviation learning accessible to all ages.

  • Solo Flight Academy
  • The Solo Flight Academy is a program sponsored by the Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals and Alaska Airlines which allows teens with an interest in aviation to learn what it takes to become a pilot. In as little as two weeks, these teens transition from taking their first flights to flying the aircraft solo.

  • In support of the Solo Academy, TakeFlight Interactive designed and deployed training scenarios to simulate the important aspects of pre-solo training. With the aid of these training scenarios, the amount of flight hours before soloing was reduced by up to 60%. Well below average!

  • Eagles Camp
  • While oriented toward younger children than the Solo Flight Academy, Eagles Camp is no less serious about aviation: these kids are put through realistic training scenarios. TakeFlight's scenarios are an excellent way to increase interest in aviation and STEM, while also helping to gauge aptitude before even a dollar is spent on flight time.

  • Tournament of Aces
  • Raisbeck Aviation High School in Seattle Washington represents the pinnacle of Aviation & STEM learning. We created a short program to teach students the finer points of landing, as well as building primary stick and rudder skills.There’s nothing like a friendly competition to drive engagement.

  • Students competed over the course of several rounds. Each student demonstrated noticable improvement throughout the course of the tournament - making a tight competition for first place!


TakeFlight was founded by a team of long-standing experts in interactive simulation and training. They helped design and build Microsoft Flight Simulator, blending game design and real-world flight experiences to hook millions on aviation. They also worked with RedBird Flight Simulations and led initial development of the GIFT program.

Our deep understanding of game design, simulation and aviation training enables us to bridge the current divide between game-based learning and real-world aviation

Brandon Seltz

Brandon Seltz - Founder & CEO

A former Designer on Microsoft Flight Simulator and Director of Scenario Development for Redbird Flight Simulations, Brandon has become a visionary for how game-based learning can revolutionize the training industry. A long time private, RC and glider pilot, he is proof in the power of desktop simulation.

Leilehua Maly

Leilehua Maly - Co‑Founder & CTO

Leile is a pilot and architect level developer with 15 years of experience at Amazon and Microsoft, responsible for building and maintaining $13b worth of infrastructure. Leile is an expert at leveraging web, cloud and data visualization technologies to create new ways to interface with simulation and each other.

Ben Moore

Ben Moore - Co‑Founder & Technical Designer

Holding a degree in Aviation Flight Science as well as a Commercial Pilot License, Ben was a jump-pilot for skydivers in Michigan before heading out to Seattle. A technology enthusiast his entire life, Ben took to scenario design and scripting aptly and gained extensive experience before helping to found TakeFlight in 2015.

Steve Wilson

Steve Wilson - Quality Assurance

Starting with Microsoft Flight Simulator version 3.0 in 1987, Steve played important roles in every successive release, as well as in the release of numerous add-ons. Steve is an all-around flight enthusiast, hang glider pilot, private pilot, and aircraft owner - which, combined with an eye for detail, ensures flight simulation is so realistic that it can bridge the gap between entertainment and instruction.

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