Schedule regular sessions with your instructor and maintain your currency at far less cost than flying an airplane. Not only will you save time and money, but with a good currency plan, you will stay sharp by regularly practicing the real-world failures that can occur. While regularly practicing instrument flying in the airplane is critical to safety, you can stay sharp by incorporating the TD2 into your overall currency plan.
Redbird TD2 is approved as a Basic Aviation Training Device (BATD) by the FAA. It is then authorized per 61.4(c) for use in satisfying the Tasks/Maneuvers and Procedures under parts 61 and 141. A BATD is intended to provide a training platform for “at least the procedural aspects of flight relating to an integrated ground and flight instrument training curriculum.”
BATDs must provide physical flight and aircraft systems controls (eliminating the use of interfaces like keyboards, mice, and gaming joysticks for any tasks other than setup). They must also model the ergonomics of at least one aircraft in the family represented. The display must meet certain requirements regarding instruments and indicators, readability, and update rates. Flight dynamics should be comparable to the simulated aircraft, but control loading does not have to model a specific aircraft.