All Level 1 through 3 flight training devices are now classified as advanced aviation training devices (ATDs); PC-ATDs are now basic ATDs. These changes come because the FAA has created FAR Part 60 to regulate flight simulation training devices.
AOPA worked to keep the basic and advanced ATDs exempt from this regulation, which will govern Level 4 flight training devices and above, along with all airline simulators. This means these devices will still be affordable to use, and the way you use them to log time toward a certificate or rating will stay the same.
"AOPA is pleased that the FAA listened to our argument," said Luis Gutierrez, AOPA director of regulatory and certification policy. "These devices already have established safety records. Applying airline-style maintenance and record-keeping requirements would have only increased costs, with no safety benefit."
November 1, 2006