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A-23 Advisory Circular (AC) 61-136A, FAA Approval of Aviation Training Devices and Their Use for Training and Experience, provides information and guidance for the required function, performance, and effective use of ATDs for pilot training and aeronautical experience (including currency). FAA issues a letter of authorization (LOA) to an ATD manufacturer approving an ATD as a basic aviation training device (BATD) or an advanced aviation training device (AATD). The LOA will be valid for a five-year period with a specific expiration date and include the amount of credit a pilot may take for training and experience. Aviation Training Device (ATD) – a training device, other than an FFS or FTD, that has been evaluated, qualified, and approved by the Administrator. In general, this includes a replica of aircraft instruments, equipment, panels, and controls in an open flight deck area or an enclosed aircraft cockpit. It includes the hardware and software necessary to represent a category and class of aircraft (or set of aircraft) operations in ground and flight conditions having the appropriate range of capabilities and systems installed in the device as described within the AC for the specific basic or advanced qualification level. Basic Aviation Training Device (BATD) – provides an adequate training platform for both procedural and operational performance Tasks specific to instrument experience and the ground and flight training requirements for the Commercial Pilot Certificate and instrument rating per 14 CFR parts 61 and 141. Advanced Aviation Training Device (AATD) – provides an adequate training platform for both procedural and operational performance Tasks specific to the ground and flight training requirements for the Private Pilot Certificate, instrument rating, Commercial Pilot Certificate, Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) Certificate, and Flight Instructor Certificate per 14 CFR parts 61 and 141. It also provides an adequate platform for Tasks required for instrument experience and the instrument proficiency check. Note: ATDs cannot be used for practical tests, aircraft type specific training, or for an aircraft type rating; therefore the use of an ATD for the Commercial Pilot Airplane practical test is not permitted. Credit for Time in an FSTD 14 CFR part 61, section 61.129 specifies the minimum aeronautical experience requirements for a person applying for a Commercial Pilot Certificate. Paragraphs (a) and (b) specify the time requirements for a Commercial Pilot Certificate in a single-engine airplane and a multiengine airplane, respectively 3 . Paragraph (i) of this section specifies the amount of credit a pilot can take for time in an FFS or FTD. For those that received training in programs outside of 14 CFR part 142, reference section 61.129(i)(1)(i) 4 . For those pilots that received training through a 14 CFR part 142 program, reference section 61.129(i)(2)(i). Credit for Time in an ATD 14 CFR part 61, section 61.129 specifies the minimum aeronautical experience requirements for a person applying for a Commercial Pilot Certificate. Paragraphs (a) and (b) specify the time requirements for a Commercial Pilot Certificate in a single-engine airplane and a multiengine airplane, respectively 5 . These paragraphs include specific experience requirements that must be completed in an airplane. Paragraph (i) of this section specifies the amount of credit a pilot can take towards the Commercial Pilot Certificate aeronautical experience requirements. In order to credit the time, the ATD must be FAA-approved and the time must be provided by an authorized instructor. AC 61-136A, states the LOA for each approved ATD will indicate the credit allowances for pilot training and experience, as provided under 14 CFR parts 61 and 141. Time with an instructor in a BATD and an AATD may be credited towards the aeronautical experience requirements for the Commercial Pilot Certificate as specified in the LOA for the device used. It is recommended that applicants who intend to take credit for time in a BATD or an AATD towards the aeronautical experience requirements for the Commercial Pilot Certificate obtain a copy of the LOA for each device used so they have a record for how much credit may be taken. For additional information on the logging of ATD time reference AC 61-136A. 3 The minimum aeronautical experience requirements may be further reduced as permitted in part 61, section 61.129(i)(3). 4 As part of program approval, part 141 training providers must also adhere to the requirements for permitted time in an FFS or FTD per Appendix D to part 141. 5 The minimum aeronautical experience requirements may be further reduced as permitted in part 61, section 61.129(i)(3).

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