BAS Flight School

Advanced Aviation Training Device


Frequently Asked Questions



What is it?
More commonly known as a simulator, AATD stands for Advanced Aviation Training Device.

Can I log time in an AATD?
Yes you can! The FAA allows you to log time spent in an AATD training for certificates or ratings. How much time you can log depends upon which rating you are pursuing.

I want to be a Private Pilot.
You can use the AATD to log 2.5 hours toward the 40 hour minimum. This time is often spent learning VOR procedures prior to practicing them in the plane.

I want to get an Instrument Rating.
You can use the AATD to log up to 20 hours of the 40 instrument hours required. This could yield a $1000 savings while pursuing an instrument rating.

I want to get a Commercial License.
You can use the AATD to log up to 50 hours toward the required 250 total time. This could produce a savings in excess of $2500 for a pilot building time to meet CPL experience minima.

You can log instrument flight experience toward maintaining instrument currency. Log approaches, holds, intercepting and tracking radials, etc.

Why should I use an AATD?
An AATD is a value-enhancing tool. An AATD’s cost is usually half, or less than half of a comparable aircraft rental, so there is certainly money to be saved by utilizing an AATD. However, the real value is found in its educational benefits. Shoot approaches at distant airports, get a birds eye view of what a hold looks like while you’re doing one, train on days when the actual weather is prohibitive, press “pause” in cases of situational awareness breakdown, experience realistic vacuum pump and other equipment failures (instead of Post-It Notes placed on the panel).

I’m an armchair pilot. Can I use the simulator?
Absolutely. We’ll put you through the same orientation, and you can make use of the simulator too.

I’m interested in using a simulator because I have found it difficult to maintain currency. Can this help me?
Yes. We understand the challenge. And we also know there is a difference between currency and proficiency. While we like to see both, we encourage the latter. Toward this end, we’re putting together a BAS Sim Club. For $10 per month, someone can receive a 25% discount off the cost of simulator rental. This means that if you use the simulator just two hours monthly, you’ll more than pay the Sim Club fee. If you fly more than that, you’re saving really begin to add up. We want to incentivize the improvement of airmanship.

What planes are offered?
Cessna – 152, 172P, 172R, 172S, 182, 182T, 182RG, 206, 414A, 421C Beechcraft – A36, A36TC, B58, B58TC, B76, E-95, C90, A100, B200, 1900D Piper – PA-28R-201, PA-28RT-201, PA-28-180, PA44-180, PA-34-220T, PA-42 Mooney – M20J, M20K Diamond – DA20 Pilatus – PC-12

How much does it cost?
Simulator orientation is a flat fee of $50. It covers paperwork, simulator setup and familiarization, the instructor’s time, simulator rental, etc.

The rental rate is $64 per hour for the simulator.

We offer a block rate of $60 per hour if a 10-hour block is purchased in advance.

The SimClub is our best value. It costs $10 per month, and offers a 25% discount off the normal rate. $48 per hour.