This story first on the role of the flight simulator in pilot training appeared in the August 2019 edition of Australian Aviation.
There are Flight Management Computer (FMC) training devices that allow the student to initialise the FMC and perform various enroute functions as well. These can take a variety of forms, from a computer program moving the cursor, to a fully-fledged FMC, sometimes connected to a display representing the programmed flight. Others are integrated into a procedural trainer, forming a very complete fixed-base training device.
The advancement of simulators, among other factors, has meant that for many airlines, “base training” in the actual aircraft no longer exists. There was a time when newly checked out pilots would fly to an airport such as Avalon (YMAV), void of passengers, and fly circuits and simulate an engine failure after takeoff (EFATO).
Collected and summarized from the source below by Minh Pham https://australianaviation.com.au/2019/10/head-in-the-clouds-feet-on-the-ground-a-look-at-the-flight-simulator/