March 20, 2013
By Ian J. Twombly
The training department at Cirrus recently put its stamp of approval on the FlyThisSim’s Touch Trainer, a touchscreen flight simulator.
By making the endorsement official, the Cirrus training department is saying that it approves the Touch Trainer for training and currency, and will sell the device through its catalog, Cirrus Connection. According to a news release, the department has been testing the simulator since last summer. “We believe that this device can improve Cirrus pilots’ proficiency in the aircraft even if they are not able to fly as often as we flight instructors would like,” they said.
FlyThisSim’s Touch Trainer is a desktop simulator that includes the computer, monitors, software, and flight controls for a starting price of $4,400. A main display includes the normal cockpit layout that can either mimic a standard panel or act as a touchscreen. The smaller secondary screen includes all the touchscreen functionality under all parameters.
Other available airplanes include the Diamond DA40, and Cessna 172, 182, and 206. Because there is no hardware for the instrumentation, the simulator can be configured with either a Garmin G1000 or analog panel.
AOPA Pilot and Flight Training Editor Ian J. Twombly joined AOPA in 2003 and is an instrument flight instructor.
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