The introduction of the personal computer-based aircraft training device, or PCATD, in the late 1990s stimulated the academic investigation of this technology for use in collegiate aviation education activities. Initially, FAA regulators dismissed this technology as gaming software and hardware, but the successful collegiate use of PCATD technology for training pilots convinced the FAA in 1997 (AC 61-126) to approve the use of PCATDs as an equivalency to actual flight time, but for only a portion of that equivalency allowed Flight Training Devices (FTDs). This study, a supplemental analysis of the effectiveness of a PCATD, found that there was no significant statistical difference between using the PCATD or the FAA approved FTD for maintaining an instrument pilot’s ILS proficiency.
(2007). Supplemental Analysis of the Effectiveness of the Personal Computer-Based Aircraft Training Device with That of an FAA-Approved Flight Training Device. 2007 International Symposium on Aviation Psychology, 432-437.