Basic Aviation Training Devices, also known as BATDs, allow pilots to credit training time towards Private Pilot and Instrument Rating training courses. The amount of time that may be credited depends whether the course is conducted under 14 CFR Part 61 or 141. In addition to logging training time, BATDs can be utilized by instrument rated pilots to maintain their instrument recent experience requirements to main currency by completing six instrument approaches, holding procedures, and intercepting and tracking courses in accordance with 14 CFR 61.57(c)(2).

Every FAA-approved simulator or training device has a Letter of Authorization (LOA) which describes the maximum number of hours allowed to be credited for a flight training course, including any limitations on the types of maneuvers that the device is qualified to perform. While there is a maximum amount of time that may be credited, there are no limitations on how much time may be logged in a BATD. This means you can use the Gleim Virtual Cockpit® BATD to build proficiency while logging as much time as is necessary to do so.

To help you understand the allowances and limitations of logging time in a BATD, we created this informative video which summarizes the regulations associated with logging time in a BATD.

Aside from logging training time, the FAA-approved Gleim Virtual Cockpit® BATD is sure to provide you with unlimited hours of flight simulation enjoyment. The team of instructors and developers at Gleim Aviation have spent thousands of hours developing an affordable training device with the pilot in mind. Fly from anywhere in the world, set the weather to any condition imaginable, setup system failures, practice instrument procedures, and learn to use avionics with both a traditional instrument panel and a technically advanced aircraft panel. Visit the Gleim Virtual Cockpit® BATD page to learn more.