We received this press announcement late today from Eric Paton of Fly This Sim; “FIRST EVER TOUCH SCREEN SIMULATOR TouchTrainerTM APPROVED BY THE FAA AS A FLIGHT TRAINING DEVICE”.
On April 12, FlyThisSim (FTS) announced that their touch screen flight simulator has been approved by the FAA as a Basic Aviation Training Device (B.A.T.D.). The simulator is based on touch screen technology and the TouchTrainerTM is a significant breakthrough in flight simulator design. Touch screens are used to replace most hardware controls with software, enabling lower cost, higher fidelity, and greater versatility. A broad range of aircraft and avionics options can be simulated on a single device, making configuration changes fast and simple. This new technology makes the TouchTrainerTM more affordable for flight schools and individuals. Visit http://www.flythissim.com/touchtrainer.aspx for more details."