You have questions, we have answers. The most frequently asked questions are listed below. If you have a question not answered here, please contact us.

Instructor Operating Station Tutorial

Learn how to use the Gleim Virtual Cockpit®️ BATD Instructor Operating Station, including:

  • Aircraft Selection
  • Setting Location
  • Weather Conditions
  • Monitoring the Flight
  • Recording the Flight

How do I update the navigation database?

Do you have a flight or training plan to maintain instrument currency?
You can maintain instrument currency in accordance with 14 CFR 61.57 just as you would in a real airplane. This essentially means flying 6 approaches, holds, and intercepting courses within the 6 months prior to a flight. Make sure you set up the weather conditions in the BATD to fly your approaches to minimums in order for them to count.

My instrument currency lapsed. Can I complete an Instrument Proficiency Check (IPC) using the BATD?
If your currency lapses, there is a 6 month grace period that you can use to “get current” again. This may be done in the BATD; however, an IPC must be completed in an airplane.

Are there any annual recurring charges to use the BATD?
There are no recurring charges to use the BATD. The Gleim X-Plane Flight Training Course Multi-User software has a 1-year license. This may be renewed upon expiration, and extended licenses are also available.

Can a single user install the Gleim X-Plane Flight Training Course home edition software and not have to purchase the annual multi user license?

The PC has 2 accounts: “SimLink” has the FAA approved software, and includes the course software with the multi user license. The “PC” account has non approved software and may be set up with the X-Plane Flight Training Course Home Edition. Flight time on the non-approved account does not qualify for training credit.

When does the BATD Letter of Authorization (LOA) expire? What happens when the LOA runs out?

The FAA issues LOAs for 5 years. The Gleim Virtual Cockpit LOA will expire in July 2025; however, we will plan to renew the LOA in advance to cover the current hardware and software design.

What's the warranty on the Gleim Virtual Cockpit BATD?
  • Most components have a 1 year warranty on parts and workmanship.
  • The Honeycomb Yoke and Switch Panel has a 5 year manufacture’s warranty.
  • The Logitech Rudder Pedals and Throttle has a 2 year manufacture’s warranty.

For complete details, please contact us.

Can I install any other 3rd party software add-ons for X-Plane or attach any 3rd party accessories or peripherals such as a GPS hardware unit to the BATD?
  • No.
  • The BATD must be set up configured in accordance with the Qualification Approval Guide (QAG). Modifying the BATD would be similar to modifying a certified aircraft and this will also void your warranty.
  • Note: Navigraph is approved for installation to update the navigation database.
  • The BATD will connect with popular Electronic Flight Bag apps running on mobile devices via a wireless network connection only.