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Features December 2015 Issue

Can ATD Simulators Replace Sim Instructors?

Can ATD Simulators Replace Sim Instructors?

If you're using a simulator just to maintain currency, do you need an instructor? The regs say you do, but the FAA said you don't - and then said you do. Yeah, we were confused too.

Do ATD simulators replace the requirement of sim instructors? We’ve clearly stated in a previous article that an instructor signoff is not required if you’re using a simulator (ATD) to maintain your instrument currency, but now the FAA has changed its mind. Ultimately, what matters is the necessity of logging instrument time, which an instructor is mandated to sign on while you fly. The whole point of maintaining currency is to log proof of compliance, so no- sim instructors are here to stay.

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