Single Pilot IFR in a high performance aircraft is one of the most effective business tools available to the owner/pilot.  It is also one of the most demanding forms of flying.  Bringing along a second pilot can increase the safety margin, but it also increases the weight, reduces the useful load, adds logistical demands, and can create more of a hassle.  Plus, without proper CRM training and real experience functioning as a team, a second pilot may actually increase your workload.

RCS provides all the benefits of a trained, competent second pilot without the drawbacks.  These professional support pilots act as your co-pilot/instructor/dispatcher to both back you up on the gauges and provide information when you need it most.  This helps to make your flying easier, safer, and more effective.  Connected only during takeoff and landing, or when you want through secure SATCOM data and voice links, your Remote Co-Pilot helps you keep ahead of the airplane, weather, ATC, and the changing environment when you fly.


 

As soon as you know your schedule, simply call or email and have your RCS provider professionally flight plan for you.  Licensed meteorologists and dispatchers will evaluate the weather, traffic, routes, TFR's and other pertinent information to create an optimized flight plan.  They will file the flight plan and call or email you for your review. 


When you arrive at your airplane, you press one button and connect through your intercom to your Remote Co-Pilot for this segment.  The two of you review the flight plan, and any updates or changes in the weather or environment.  The Remote Co-Pilot has access to a vast amount of information from his workstation, so you are receiving the most current, thorough information possible for your flight.  Together you conduct the appropriate checklists, and taxi out for departure.

As you depart, you are connected real-time through a secure SATCOM link for both your PFD data and a voice connection to your Remote Co-Pilot.  The Remote Co-Pilot is now fully engaged in a monitoring and support role just like the Pilot Monitoring (PM) in a CRM trained two-pilot crew.  ATC communications are monitored as well as your airspeed, heading, altitude, bank, pitch, course, and frequencies entered in your avionics.  Any deviations or small mistakes are addressed before they can grow into a real safety issue.  The Remote Co-Pilot gives you cues for the next action (once we level at 4000 we should start a turn to the right to 330..) and keeps you ahead of the aircraft at all times.  No matter what your experience level, you gain a great safety margin with another pilot on the team backing you up.