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Flight Training Manhattan

Aviation Training Devices enable a safe and effective practice of particular procedures.  The most popular type of ground trainers for General Aviation are:

Basic Aircraft Training Devices (BATD)

  • Instrument rating – maximum of 10 hours under 14 CFR section 61.65(i) or 14 CFR part 141, appendix C
  • Instrument Proficiency Check – per FAA-S- 8081-4E (circle-to-land not authorized)
  • Use in accomplishing instrument recency of experience requirements of 14 CFR section 61.57(c)(2)
  • Not more than 2.5 hours of training under 14 CFR section 61.109(k)(1) on introduction to operation of flight instruments (except as
    limited by 14 CFR part 141 appendices

Advance Aircraft Training Devices (AATD)

  • Private pilot certificate – maximum of 2.5 hours
  • Instrument rating – maximum of 20 hours
  • Instrument Proficiency Check – per FAA-S-8081-4E (circle-to-land not authorized)
  • Commercial pilot certificate – maximum of 50 hours
  • Airline Transport Pilot certificate – maximum of 25 hours
  • 14 CFR part 141 as limited by the applicable appendices, or under a special curriculum approved under 14 CFR section 141.57

Training Consistently-  too much time between lessons degrade your skills and knowledge base. This gap between lessons can be minimize with the use of ground trainer in with the Manhattan Flight Club, and JD Aero can provided the instructor to help you meet your aviation goals.

Procedure to Master in an ATD for Student Pilots

  • Incorporating PilotEdge to help you improve your radio communications
  • Flows and Checklist usage
  • Simulate system malfunctions
  • Master the use Advance Avionics
  • Instrument Conditions
  • Navigation Procedures
  •  Plus More…

Procedure to Master in an ATD for Private Pilots

  • Master the use Advance Avionics
  • Maintain currency with the use of Electronic Flight Bag (EFBs) and Flight Planning tools such as ForeFlight
  • Stay proficient on emergency procedures
  • Prepare and practice for your instrument rating
  • Keep your ATC communication skills sharp with PilotEdge

Procedure to Master in an ATD for Instrument Pilots

  • Stay Proficient not just current
  • Keep your ATC communication skills sharp with PilotEdge
  • Practice Instrument Procedures such as Departure Procedures (DP), holds, descent planing, Arrival Procedures, Approaches, and missed approach approach procedures
  • Going to a new airport in an upcoming trip? Practice the approaches at your upcoming destination
  • Practice the use Advance Avionics
  • Maintain currency with the use of Electronic Flight Bag (EFBs) and Flight Planning tools such as ForeFlight
  • Stay Instrument Current (CFR 61.57(c)): If you choose to maintain instrument currency solely by using ATD, you mush have performed the listed requirements within 2 calendar months
    • Three hours of instrument experience
    • Holding procedures
    • Six instrument approaches
    • Two unusual attitude recoveries while in a descending, Vne airspeed condition and two unusual attitude recoveries in an ascending stall speed condition
    • Interception and course tracking with navigation systems

Currency and IPC Guidelines

Instrument Currency Using Aviation Training Device

Remember that Currency ≠ Proficiency!!!

If you are Instrument Rated Pilot who is current or within the 6-month period after currency, you could use BATD to stay current. (if you are outside and need to do an IPC this does not apply)

As per CFR 61.57(c)(3):

  1. Three hours of instrument experience in a ATD, during which time you will perform
  2. Holding procedures and tasks.
  3. Six instrument approaches.
  4. Two unusual attitude recoveries while in a descending, Vne airspeed condition and two unusual attitude recoveries while in an ascending, stall speed condition.
  5. Interception and tracking courses through the use of navigational electronic systems.

Using an ATD you can stay Instrument current through the end of 2nd calendar months following the month in which there session is completed.

IPC Guidelines

Instrument Proficiency Checks, or IPCs, are a great way to get your instrument currency up to date. Whether you have been flying regularly or been out of the clouds for a while, we can help you regain proficiency in your aircraft.

When do you need an IPC? Find out if you’re instrument Current (BoldMethod Article)

The requirements for an instrument proficiency check can be found in the Instrument Airmen Certification Standards (ACS). Although the ACS establishes the minimum standards for training, the FAA also issued Instrument Proficiency Check (IPC) Guidance; recommending about 90 minutes of ground and about two hours of flight time for an IPC.

Depending on your training needs, we will tailor a training plan to better assist you.

Our Instrument Proficiency Checks

IPC is more than just accomplishing the required items on  the ACS.  Is a great opportunity to challenge and improve your flying skills and decision making.

If it has been a while since you have flown in the IFR environment, we can schedule a few sessions to help you brush up on your IFR skills in your airplane or using an ATD.

With each training event you increase your confidence, refine your skills, and improve your understanding of IFR flying.

Flight Review – BFR

Train to enhance your proficiency; not just to meet minimum standards.

FAA Regulations require that pilots take a flight review at least once every 24 calendar months. Most pilots know that the flight review must include the following:

  • 1 hour flight training
  • 1 hour ground training
  • Review of Part 91 general operating and flight rules
  • Review of maneuvers and procedures to demonstrate safety

Pilots also know that complexity of the aviation operating environment also increases. Flight Review is not a test or check ride, but an instructional service designed to assess and enhance a pilot’s knowledge and skills.

Effective Flight Reviews

The FAA has published specific guidance to ensure that flight instructors are able to conduct effective flight reviews. The guidance can be found here.

AOPA has published a “Pilot’s Guide to the Flight Review,” available here. This document contains answers to many questions that pilots frequently have about flight reviews.

Our Flight Reviews

Flight reviews are for the pilot’s benefit. Paying emphasis on factors such as the type of Equipment Flown, nature of Flight Operations, and Amount and Recency of Flight Experience, we will organize a syllabus to maximize the time you spend

For a proficient pilot, we recommend at least a 4-hour session. This will allow time for us to adequately cover ground and flight material, while also providing the opportunity to debrief thoroughly after the training.

 If you have been out of the cockpit for a while, we will develop a plan to help you regain proficiency either in your airplane or using an Aviation Training Device.

Contact Us to find out more about how we can assist you in your Flight Review Training

Instrument Ratings for Aircraft Owners

Earning an instrument rating allows you fly “solely by reference to instruments”, meaning you can maximize the utilization of your aircraft by having skills to fly in areas of reduced visibility.

Adding Instrument training, WILL Make you an

An Instrument Rating is not your ticket for ALL weather conditions.

Flying by just using your instruments, it’s a game changer. By earning your Instrument Rating, build on your pilot skills to become a more confident and proficiency pilot.

Instrument Rating Requirements (61.65):

  • Hold at least a Private Pilot Certificate
  • Be able to read, speak, write, and understand the English language
  • Receive and log ground training from an authorized instrument instructor
  • Receive logbook endorsement in preparation for the instrument practical test (check-ride)
  • Pass required written instrument knowledge test
  • Flight Time Requirements for the Instrument Rating:
  • 50 hours PIC Cross-Country (at least 10 in airplane)
  • 40 hours Actual or Simulated Instrument
  • 15 hours Flight Instruction towards Instrument Rating
  • Instrument Cross-Country Training:
    • 250 nautical miles
      • Instrument approach at each airport
      • 3 different kinds of approaches

Instrument Training in Your Airplane

At JD Aero, we specialize in providing instrument training for owners of Technically Advanced Aircraft (TAA).

Train in Manhattan, Fly at the Airport

If you live in the New York City area, we can work in Manhattan using Aviation Training Device or ground school, maximizing your training time, while minimize your commute the airport. Learn More.

Proficiency Training

A Good Pilot Is Always Learning.

Staying Current is not enough to meet the demands of the complex situations, we as pilots face every flight.

Regardless of your pilot ratings, activities such as working on your tailwheel/complex/high performance/ high altitude endorsements, Instrument Training for Private Pilots, working on an Aviation Training Device (ATD) with an instructor on challenging Departure Procedures, en route scenarios, Arrival Procedures, and Instrument Approaches, while working on a Technically Advanced Aircraft (TAA), and taking part of WINGS Program, are just a few helps you improve your stick and rudder while developing  your Decision-Making Skills.

Continuing your aviation education is a MUST in order to meet the demands our pilot skills are put to the test every flight.

It is all about mitigating risk, last thing any pilot wants is to get a letter from the FAA regarding one of your flights, or being involved in an aircraft accident or incident and knowing it could possibly been prevented with proficiency training.

Although the FAA only requires the occasional Flight Review (BFR) or Instrument Proficiency Check (IPC), most insurance companies require that you receive recurrent flight training on an ongoing basis.

There are many options for recurrent training in your aircraft. They include:

Many of our clients prefer to train consistently at 2-6 months intervals using the Recurrent Training Program to keep their pilot skills sharp.

If you live in the NYC area, staying current does not mean you have to drive over hour to get to the nearest General Aviation Airport. We can work with you right in Manhattan, Learn More.

Insurance companies recognize the value of this proactive approach to safety, as well. Some insurance companies even provide 5% discounts for participating in the WINGS Program.