What is an AATD
Our Redbird FMX is what most folks call a flight simulator, by Federal Aviation Regulations it is actually called an Advanced Aviation Training Device or AATD.
Our Redbird FMX is a three axis (Pitch, Roll &Yaw) Motion device or in laymans terms
Does the FAA allow you to log time in an AATD?
Absolutely! Depending on the rating or certificate you are seeking, you may log credible time
spent training in the AATD.
The Federal Aviation Regulations allow for:
Logging instrument flight experience and proficiency with an Instructor inside with you or monitoring,
Instrument rating (maximum 10 hours, there is rule-making in process to increase time to 20 hours),
Instrument proficiency check (per FAA-S-8081-latest version (circling-to-land & landing not authorized)),
Private pilot certificate (maximum 2.5 hours),
Commercial pilot certificate (maximum 50 hours),
Commercial pilot practical test (per FAA-S-8081-12),
Airline transport pilot certificate (maximum 25 hours),
Airline transport pilot practical test (per FAA-S-8081-5)
Remember, the FAA’s required time to become a private pilot is 40 hours. Generally, the national average to finish private pilot training is 60 to 70 hours. Part of the 40 hours logged in the AATD (2.5 hours) can be used toward the private certificate any other time must be logged in an airplane. Training time in the Sim will be logged, but does not count towards the required 40 hours.
Training time in the sim is much less expensive (by nearly half) yet you learn the same things that you would in the airplane in a safe and comfortable environment.
Some Things Are Better Simulated—
Only a simulator, Flight Training Device or Aviation Training Device allows you to practice handling some situations a second time. These situations are just too dangerous or even impossible to train for in an aircraft. And, you can always walk away from whatever happens.
Save Money and Time--
Studies show that every hour in the simulator is worth two or more hours in an airplane.
Train on Your Time Schedule--
No ATC or weather delays. No taxi time with hobbs running. No rearranging of schedules to coordinate with an instructor because of the weather.
A Safe, Focused Environment--
Modern General Aviation Training aircraft are wonderful safe machines, but the cockpit in these aircraft make for a lousy classroom. While flying in the simulator, your full attention is devoted to your training and not on other distractions. And, the instructor’s full attention is focused on you and your training.
Save Wear and Tear on Your Airplane--
Risking the simulator while training is MUCH preferred over risking your aircraft.
Learn to Handle Any Situation--
Instruments go haywire, fog rolls in, even smoke in the cabin. It's always the unpredictable that challenges pilots during critical decision making. As the simulator workload increases, practicing the setting of priorities and experiencing how you choose to exercise your PIC duties, as well as handling the tasks at hand, will reveal strengths and areas where additional training is required.
Perfect Practice Makes Perfect--
The airlines, our military pilots, even our NASA successes owe a considerable debt to professional and pragmatic training. The basis for all of this training is the simulator! When you practice and rehearse emergencies, techniques, and decision making in FAA-approved simulators, the outcome becomes very predictable-– a professional and well-trained pilot, able to handle the situation.