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Flight Sim Tutorials & FAQs

Select a category below to access tutorial videos for setting up the Gleim Flight Simulators, and getting started with X-Plane.


This PDF includes initial instructions to set up your system and technical support contact information.

These videos will guide you through the assembly of your Gleim Flight Simulator, peripherals, and accessories.

Learn how to configure the general, graphics, sound, and flight controls settings in X-Plane 11. You will also learn how to change the views and use the map features.


How do I connect my BATD to ForeFlight?

Geo-referencing your simulated aircraft’s position on ForeFlight requires an update within the X-Plane preferences. Please contact our Technical Support team to make this change.

How do I update the navigation database?

The database may be updated by purchasing a “Navdata” subscription Opens in new window from Navigraph for about $30/year. This subscription uses data sourced from Jeppesen.


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.

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.

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.

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 December 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 Flight Simulator?

Most components have at least a 1-year warranty on parts and workmanship.

The Honeycomb Yoke and Switch Panel, Logitech Rudder Pedals, and Throttle have a 2-year manufacture’s warranty.

For warranty support, please contact the component manufacturer:

For complete details, please contact us.

Can I install any other 3rd party software add-ons for the X-Plane or attach any 3rd party accessories or peripherals 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.

The BATD will connect with popular Electronic Flight Bag apps running on mobile devices via a wireless network connection only.

Navigraph is approved for installation to update the navigation database.

PilotEdge is also approved for use on the BATD.

When the Gleim Virtual Cockpit is used with the “PC” account in the non-approved mode, 3rd party software may be used. Note, that we do not recommend any 3rd party add-ons and the user must ensure that any add-ons are only used on the non-approved mode. Use of any other 3rd party add-ons (hardware or software) on the “SimLink” account will void your warranty and void the FAA approval.

Can I build the Gleim BATD using some of my own hardware?

No. To ensure the system functions in accordance with the FAA Letter of Authorization (LOA), the BATD is only sold as a complete system.

We do not sell partial systems due to the inability to verify if a modified system meets our rigorous quality control checks and performance standards.

Any modifications to the BATD will void your warranty and invalidate the FAA approval.*

*Use of any other 3rd party add-ons (hardware or software) on the “SimLink” account will void your warranty and void the FAA approval.