Volair Sim is pleased to announce obtaining FAA Approval for our model ATD-100 BATD (Basic Aviation Training Device). We are approved for the following aircraft: PA-28 (Piper Archer), PA-28R (Piper Arrow), and BE36 (Beechcraft A36 Bonanza). The log-able items are as follows:
•§ 61.51(b)(3) – Logbook entries;
•§ 61.51(h) – Logging training time;
•§ 61.57(c) – Instrument experience;
•§ 61.65(i) – Instrument rating: not more than 10 hours;
•§ 61.109(k)(1) – Private Pilot Certificate aeronautical experience: up to 2.5 hours; and
•§ 141.41(b) – Approved for use under the part 141 appendices as follows:Appendix B – Up to 15% towards the total Private Pilot training time requirements; and
Appendix C – Up to 25% toward the total Instrument training time requirements.
Our launch customer, Pilot Training Northwest, had the following comments about our system:
“Our flight school is using an FAA-Certified Volair Sim, AD-100 BATD and we all are impressed with it. Our CFIIs and CFIs all use the system for training private student pilots, instrument candidates and commercial candidates. We also have instrument pilots who are using the system to maintain IFR currency or just to practice approaches and log simulated instrument time. This trainer has become a revenue stream for us because student pilots and pilots alike are extremely impressed with it and they can log the simulated instrument time. As a flight school owner/operator I too am impressed and highly recommend the Volair Sim AD-100 over any others on the market.
The system itself is far superior to other “simulators’ we have used in the past, including the PFC 12 Pro Panel. Most BATDs and AATDs have the look and feel of a table-top computer system and they lack the feeling of being in a real airplane. As such, the training experience is not as effective. The Volair Sim system, however, with an actual instrument panel, an adjustable aircraft seat and the wide-angle monitors all built around a solid, heavy-duty mounting system provide realism not found in any other BATD or AATD I know of.
The professional construction of the mounting system, the instrument panel and the adjustable aircraft seat is solid, providing a stable platform with the feel of being in a real airplane. The instrument panel alone is impressive with its realistic look and instrument layout. The flight controls are far more realistic than other systems we have used. The Volair Sim AD-100 flies much more like the real airplane than others on the market.
Since we started using the Volair Sim AD-100 our CFIIs have noticed more rapid progress among our instrument students, especially when connected to a simulated Air Traffic Control program where the instrument candidates not only fly a very realistic platform, but are emerged in the realism of working with ATC.“