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Mon, Feb 18, 2013

FAA Approves FlyThisSim Touch Trainer For Diamond Aircraft

Approval Means Time Can Be Logged For Private And Instrument Rating And Currency

The FAA has approved the FlyThisSim TouchTrainer flight simulator as a Basic Aviation Training Device (BATD) for Diamond DA20, DA40 and DA 42 aircraft.  The DA 20 simulation has twin GNS 430 simulations and an analog instrumentation, the DA 40 and 42 have G1000 avionics simulated.

TouchTrainers use touch screen technology for many of the controls and avionics which provide unmatched versatility in then simulation of different aircraft and configurations. This new TouchTrainer compliments the Cirrus and Cessna versions approved last year.

In one turn–key package a TouchTrainer provides accurate simulation of performance, systems, and avionics enabling aircraft specific instrument and procedure training for both students and experienced pilots. According to the company, retractable gear and constant-speed propeller versions are also provided where appropriate.

FAA approval means the time flying the TouchTrainer can be logged toward a private or instrument rating and toward maintaining instrument currency. Instrumentation is supported by high-fidelity electrical systems models that provide power to avionics as per aircraft so that systems and emergency training can be carried out.

The FTS custom GPS WAAS simulation enables fully coupled LNAV, LNAV+V, and LPV approaches to be practiced along with the usual ground radio-based approaches, such as ILS. The approaches are based on current navigation database from the FAA National Flight Database rather than legacy data. Navigation data, updates, and technical support are included in the first year.

(Image provided by FlyThisSim)

FMI: www.flythissim.com

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