"Beechcraft Baron FGDL, 5100lbs, Garmin 530, and 260HP/side creates the ideal training platform"

speed and complexityA more serious training tool, for those more serious about training

GDL is our primary aircraft used for both Multi and IFR training. The WAAS enabled Garmin 530 is updated with the latest and greatest instrument approaches and procedures every 28 days. This ensures that we always have the capability to fly any of the RNAV procedures in North America during our training. Tracking information is displayed via our King HSI, and supplemented by the information displayed on the screen of the 530 itself. Being equipped with the remainder of a Standard avionics suite, including two VOR's with Glide Slope, (one HSI, one standard VOR/ILS) an ADF/RMI and DME ensures that we have all options available to us at all times.


Blending the old with the new avionics allows us to prepare you for anything. Whether you are sitting behind state of the art glass, or the most basic of IFR steam driven setups, you can feel confident that you will have all the skills necessary to operate a safe aircraft.



"Beechcraft Baron GBSR, 6 seat, XM weather, 285HP"

C-GBSR is the faster of the two Barons. Powered by two Continental IO-520 piston engines produces a cool 570HP (285HP per side). At this point, BSR is our secondary trainer, primarily being used for multi training. Is is fully IFR certified, with the more traditional avionics including; two VOR/ILS receivers, an adjustable card ADF, DME, and two VHF radios. This is supplemented by a Garmin 496 with XM satellite weather, a tool that is extremely useful in providing situational awareness.

"Pulling up the latest METAR before radio range, accessing fuel prices on route, avoiding hazardous weather; XM does it all"


In the near future, GBSR will be temporarily leaving service at Compass West, as she will be undergoing a full avionics upgrade. The changes are sure to cause many a pilot to stare wide eyed and open mouthed in anticipation.




"GGCW is an ultimate long distance single-engine aircraft"

Cruisin' the skiesA sleek looker with the speed, comfort, and added complexity to help prepare you to transition to larger, faster aircraft

This isn't another 172. The Cessna 177 Cardinal is an aircraft that steps up the complexity as well as the benefits of faster piston single. Equipped with an HSI, a constant speed propeller and cowl flaps, this aircraft is designed to help you move from the world of heading indicators and fixed pitch props to something more complex. Decked in a slick new paint job and leather interior, this is an aircraft you'll want to build hours in!


FMX-1000 Full Motion Simulator


"RedBird FMX 1000, a Group 1 & 3 certified IFR full-motion platform in a 14X16 room, on 120volts"

Every scenario is possible.In the RedBird, you can satisfy the 'what if' scenarios all day long.

The RedBird is an integral part of flight training at Compass West. Certainly the first steps you take as a student will be in the RedBird. It is used initial procedural trainer to familiarize you with multi engine and IFR operations. Much like the airlines, before you do something in the airplane, you will master it in the simulator. This approach develops and strengthens the fundamentals in the simulator, and uses the aircraft as a proving ground, thus keeping training costs down.

The RedBird allows us to target specific exercises, focusing only on what needs work. Maximizing the number of training events, while minimizing time is the name of the game. Having trouble with the single engine ILS? We can fly 6 back to back in 30 minutes, with varying wind and weather conditions. Need to master your hold entries? Do a session in the RedBird without any wind and solidify your skills.

Has your Instrument rating expired? It's been a while since you shot your last approach? Or maybe you want to take a practice run at an approach you've never done before. This is where the RedBird really shines! Fully certified by Transport Canada to perform Instrument Rating renewals, the RedBird, in conjunction with the staff at Compass West, will have you current again in no time. We have a number of different aircraft panels to meet all of your needs, from Garmin's G1000 to a traditional C172 with standard instruments.

At Compass West the emphasis is on pilot proficiency. It is especially important for those that have not flown regularly or have a new Instrument rating to keep proficient. We accomplish this through a quick simulator session approximately once a month. Designed to be a challenging experience, you will be assigned your mission a few days or a week in advance to ensure you have an opportunity to prepare. Compass West takes pride in ensuring that you will gain the necessary skills for becoming a safe and proficient pilot.