Flight Simulator

The chapter offers an Elite RC-1 flight simulator for use by chapter members at a nominal cost. EAA 292 purchased this simulator to help to enhance flying skills and safety for all chapter members.

What kind of simulator is it?

The Elite RC-1 is an FAA approved Advanced Aviation Training Device (AATD). It is ideal for gaining and maintaining proficiency, both for IFR and VFR flying. The simulator cockpit is fully enclosed. A high-resolution screen is placed in front of the cockpit to provide a realistic simulation of the view through the windscreen.

Simulator display
Simulator visual display

The instrument panel, radios, and controls are full-sized. While the simulated instruments are displayed on a graphical screen, the instruments themselves are a traditional “sacred six”. Navigation equipment includes everything required for GPS and VOR navigation, whether for cross-country practice or for executing precision and non-precision IFR approaches.

Simulator Cockpit
Simulator cockpit and instruments

A separate instructor station allows an instructor to simulate ATC, to simulate failed equipment, and to observe the parameters of the simulated flight.

You can read more details about the characteristics of an AATD in Appendix 3 of AC 61-136A.

FAQ

Where is the simulator located?

The simulator is located in a dedicated, private room in the chapter hangar. It provides a distraction-free training and practice environment.

What kind of time can I log in it? Do I need an instructor?

To “log” time you do need to work with an instructor. To simply practice to maintain proficiency you can use the simulator solo.

When trying to decode the FARs, please recall that any training you do with an instructor in this simulator will be done under Part 61, which is the authoritative source of all information about pilot certification outside a Part 141 flight school.

When working toward a pilot rating, this table summarizes the number of hours of AATD simulator time that may be credited toward the requirements of a rating. If you have any questions about this information, please talk with a competent CFI or CFII, or  contact the Portland FSDO.

Rating Number of hours
Private pilot 2.5
Instrument 20
Commercial 50
ATP 25

The simulator is also acceptable for use with the following activities:

  • Instrument currency
  • Instrument proficiency check
  • Commercial practical test
  • ATP practical test

With respect to “Recent flight experience: Pilot in command” please refer to FAR Section 61.57(c)(3) when using an AATD to maintain instrument currency.

Who can use the simulator?

Any EAA Chapter 292 member in good standing can purchase and use simulator time. If you use an instructor, the instructor must also be an EAA 292 member qualified to instruct using the simulator. Contact the simulator manager for more information.

When is the simulator available? Does it need to be scheduled?

The simulator is available 24×7. No advance scheduling is required at this time. Just show up and go flying!

How much does it cost? How do I pay for it?

Simulator time must be paid for in advance. There are three payment plans available.

Plan Initial cost Simulator hours
A $150 10
B $500 50
C $1000 100

Plan C also includes a lifetime EAA 292 membership at no extra cost.

To encourage simulator use, EAA 292 contributes a free hour of simulator time to chapter members who are performing a flight review.

Is this a good deal?

Commercial flight schools usually charge $65/hour to use this kind of simulator. And have you priced how much it costs to fly an airplane lately? Do the math.

Does this thing really work?

Well, let’s just say that chapter members have used the simulator to prepare for jobs with both major and regional airlines. Draw your own conclusions.

Who do I contact for more information?

Please contact Chuck West, the simulator manager. Chuck can be reached at either (503) 507-4209 or n2532z@hotmail.com.

Chuck can also provide information about EAA 292 instructors who are qualified to use the simulator.

This is a great resource. Use it!

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