Redbird GIFT

Redbird Guided Independent Flight Training is a simulator-based, AI-powered, maneuvers training supplement designed to help you achieve your goals faster and for less money.

Flight Training 2.0

Redbird GIFT allows you to learn, practice, and get feedback on every maneuver required for your Private Pilot or Instrument Rating, at your own pace, using cutting edge educational techniques that push you to reach your best performance level.

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Each GIFT lesson focuses on a specific flight maneuver or skill required to earn your Private Pilot Certificate or Instrument Rating and includes:

  • A video and written pre-flight briefing
  • A simulator mission with an AI-powered flight instructor that provides real-time coaching and corrections on your performance
  • A post-flight debrief with objective scoring based on the FAA Airmen Certification Standards
  • In-depth post-flight review and trend tracking by uploading your lesson history to the Redbird Cloud

AOPA Live Talks GIFT

GIFT Steep Turn

With over 1,000 Redbird simulators in the US, you’ll be able to use GIFT at most major flight schools or at home on your personal Redbird Jay. In addition, GIFT makes for a great refresher tool after you earn your pilot’s license or Instrument rating. With lifetime access, GIFT follows you no matter where your aviation journey takes you.

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Taxiing with Redbird GIFT

Included Modules

GIFT Private Pilot Intro Flight

Private Pilot

GIFT for Private Pilot has 33 modules covering everything you need to earn your wings, from Taxi to Takeoff to Landing.

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GIFT Instrument Rating

Instrument Rating

The Instrument course has 10 modules that take you from basic instrument flying all the way to precision approaches.

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GIFT Airplane over Island

"Redbird engineers have cleverly designed the lesson feedback to promote more seat time. Each lesson is scored in the program and instantly uploaded to the student's profile in the cloud. Assuming they don’t crash, students generally get a passing score. But it’s very difficult to get a perfect score, and that keeps students coming back for more.

Redbird Introduces GIFT, AOPA

Ian J. Twombly
Senior Content Producer for AOPA Media

“I knew I’d let my heading wander a tiny bit, and had a few bumps in altitude although I did always try to correct, but GIFT was a tough grader. It didn’t like the fact that I’d let the heading wander off at least five degrees a couple of times and once let my altitude drop from 2700 to 2620 although I corrected back. While it didn’t specifically point out my decision to continue after being told to fly the miss, a GIFT-trained instructor would have easily been able to analyze the system data the GIFT produced to know I needed work. That’s a good thing.”

Redbird Releases Instrument Rating GIFT at AirVenture, Flying Magazine

Rob Mark
Senior Editor, Flying Magazine

"GIFT is designed to be as technique-neutral as possible. It’s based on the idea that there’s no one right way to fly a maneuver well (though there are wrong ones, and GIFT will call you out if you think a good landing means dragging it in 10 feet off the deck even if you do touch down in the right spot). It leaves it up to the instructor and flight school to teach the technique. GIFT just tracks the results with an eye on the PTS."

Redbird GIFT: Redbird's Virtual CFI Comes Alive, Plane & Pilot

Kate O'Connor
Plane & Pilot

Frequently Asked Questions

What is GIFT?

GIFT is software that runs on Redbird simulators and provides flight instruction aimed at helping you earn your private pilot license.

How much does GIFT cost?

$249 for an unlimited, lifetime license. This doesn't include the hourly rate that you'll be charged to rent a simulator from your flight school. Some schools sell blocks of simulator time for a set price, so be sure to ask about this option. We've also heard of flight schools that bundle a GIFT license with unlimited time in the Redbird, this is a great deal if you'll be using GIFT for your training. You can also use GIFT on a Redbird Jay at home for no additional cost.

Is GIFT a replacement for a human Certified Flight Instructor?

No. While GIFT is remarkable technology, it is intended to supplement instruction from an actual Certified Flight Instructor.

Why should I use GIFT?

GIFT is an effective way to reduce the amount of time and money it takes to earn your Private Pilot license or Instrument Rating– learning in a simulator is much easier than learning in an airplane – in a Redbird simulator, GIFT can teach you maneuvers (in comfort) no matter the weather or your instructor’s schedule, all while saving you money on the costs of actual flight.

How realistic is GIFT?

GIFT is realistic enough to teach you flying skills in the simulator that will transfer to a real airplane…the skills you’ll need to earn your private pilot license.

Can GIFT be used to keep my skills sharp after I get my license or rating?

Yes, GIFT is an excellent way to maintain proficiency – as a pilot, you should always strive to be in top form – GIFT instruction is a good way to stay sharp, especially if you haven’t flown in a while.

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Private Pilot

Redbird GIFT- Private Pilot
Redbird GIFT- Private Pilot

Instrument Rating

Redbird GIFT- Instrument Rating
Redbird GIFT- Instrument Rating