ORLANDO, Fla. (April 12, 2016) —The flying credits allowed by the FAA for use on Aviation Training Devices (ATD’s) have been restored to match the hours previously permitted by manufacturer LOA’s. This means operators of Basic ATD’s can log 10 hours of credit toward the instrument and Advanced ATD’s can log 20 hours. In addition, Part 141 operators will see an increase in the percentage of total time allowable on these devices as well. The new rule will be published April 12 and take effect on May 12, 2016.
Operators of ATD’s have hoped for some time that the FAA would reach a conclusion and increase the credit hours to the previously allowable amount. With advancements in technology and now the increase in allowable credit on these cost-effective training devices, the benefits of incorporating them into training at flight schools, universities, and flying clubs are consistently expanding.
“We are very pleased that our AATD customers can resume using these very capable trainers for 20 hours toward the Instrument rating,” said Wayne Keyes, ELITE’s Director of Business Development. “In addition, our Part 141 flight academy customers receive an expanded use on their AATDs for Instrument training—from 10% to 40% of the required hours. This adds value to the ELITE devices, and can save students precious dollars.”
A link to the FAA’s Final Rule full document can be found below. If you are an operator of an ELITE ATD you can also download the most recent copy of the Letter of Authorization that should accompany your specific trainer at all times at support.flyelite.com/faa-approvals or by contacting ELITE.
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ELITE was a pioneer in the development of PC-based simulation. Since 1987, ELITE has been a leading global provider of IFR training software, simulator hardware and aviation training devices. ELITE’s extensive portfolio today includes FTD, FNPT, BITD, STD, BATD, and AATD simulation solutions for both fixed wing and rotary wing. ELITE trainers have received approval by governmental authorities in many countries on all continents. ELITE customers include private and professional pilots, colleges, universities, corporate flight departments, airlines, civil and military training institutions in more than 70 countries. With headquarters in Switzerland and the US, ELITE has representative offices in Brazil, India, Australia, and certified dealers on every continent. Additional information about ELITE Simulation Solutions is available at www.flyelite.com.