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Use AATD Simulators for Instrument Rating

Good news for those seeking instrument rating and for anyone needing to keep current.

Recently, the FAA decided to allow 50% of the hours of instrument-rating instruction to be accomplished on an approved  “AATD” category simulator such as our Redbird MCX.  Another recent FAA ruling allows instrument-rated pilots to accomplish all of their currency requirements (6 approaches to IMC minimums plus a holding pattern within the past 6 months) using an approved AATD such as ours.  The FAA allows these sessions to be flown solo—without an instructor on board. No hood or safety pilot are necessary.

To maximize the efficiency of maintaining currency, Alpha Flight Simulation has put together a large selection of approach scenarios which are pre-loaded with in-the-air starting point, IMC weather from the IAF to minimums for each approach, and a variety of conditions such as time of day, turbulence, winds, etc. So, to be ready and confident for any upcoming IFR flights, now is a good time to come in to the sim and stay current.

Alpha Flight Simulation Takes Off!

Alpha Flight Simulation Ribbon Cutting

L-R: Lisa Lynch, AAMO General Manager; John Keich, Alpha Flight Simulation Owner; John Bales, Director of Aviation at Spirit of St. Louis Airport; Tom Cargin, AAMO Owner.

On June 20, Alpha Flight Simulation, with Air Associates of Missouri, cut the ribbon on its brand-new Redbird MCX Flight Simulator at Spirit of St. Louis Airport in Chesterfield, Mo.

The simulator, leased by Alpha Flight Simulation to Air Associates, is the first of its kind in the Midwest, and is only the 14th produced by Redbird.

This model has a variety of upgrades not available on other Redbird simulators in use, and is targeted to commercial and general aviation pilots at Spirit and the surrounding area. Scott Thompson, Chief Flight Instructor at Air Associates, says the simulator fits perfectly with the “Learn, Sim, Fly” training philosophy used at the school.

For more, see the full report by Carmelo Turdo at The Aero Experience.