The EAA 292 Flight Simulator

Chapter members can use the Elite RC-1 flight simulator for a nominal cost. This simulator helps to enhance flying skills and safety for all chapter members.

(New) Redbird FMX Full Motion Simulator

Chuck West was the driving force getting the first simulator (the Elite RC-1) for the Chapter back in 2008, and now he has acquired a Redbird FMX Full Motion Simulator.


Through Chuck’s driving force a new Simulator room has been completed inside the Chapter Clubhouse that will house both simulators and a small training room.

As of 8/18/22 the Redbird assembly is in progress. The goal is to have it operational by September 17, 2022 for use on the Chapter Fall Young Eagles event. More information will be posted here soon about how you can use this simulator to make you a better pilot.


The Elite RC-1

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.

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.

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.

Elite RC-1 Simulator and Screen
Elite RC-1 Simulator Inside View

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 (Oregon).


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 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.