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Which simulators can save you money?

Post by skipperdan » Fri Aug 07, 2009 4:33 pm

This article was copied from my weekly AOPA Newsletter. I strongly encourage you'all to join AOPA:

Which simulators can save you money?
By Alton K. Marsh

Let’s say you are a flight school that wants to save customers some money by using simulators, but you failed to win the lottery this year. Which ones fit in your budget yet are FAA approved to replace hours in the air? Or maybe you just want a simulator for your home and would like to know which ones are good enough to win FAA approval? You won’t be able to work toward a rating or maintain instrument proficiency by yourself, since the rules say an instructor must be present. But you’ll know the practice you get is on an FAA-approved device, and if an instructor ever drops by the house, you’ll get loggable time.

AOPA has placed online a listing of the simulators that meet FAA requirements and six companies that make them. You can find the report online. You’ll find programs that run on a PC and won’t break your savings account, assuming you have several hundred dollars in the account. Simulators range from those costing tens of millions to what we are talking about today, personal computer-based aviation training devices (PCATD). There are now basic (B-ATD) and advanced (A-ATD) devices that while inexpensive, meet training and currency requirements.

Ten hours can be logged toward the instrument rating using a PCATD or B-ATD. Or 20 hours can be used if the simulator is an A-ATD or a flight training device (FTD), meaning a full-size replica of the actual cockpit and instruments.

“Students benefit from flying approaches first on the sim, where we can pause it and discuss the procedure as we fly it,â€

...Emergency Services Training Officer
...Instructor at the Florida Wing Conference 2012.
...Mission Observer (front right seat)
...Air Operations Branch Director
...Flew several times in a Cessna 182 with G1000 (maintaining the MFD).
...Attended two day class conducted by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center
...Completed training for Flight Line Marshall, Flight Release Officer, and Mission Radio Operator.

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