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Redbird MCX ATD – Full Motion Flight Sim

A unique training device that greatly assists in flight training while also simultaneously reduces the cost of doing so.


Redbird produces some of the highest quality simulators and training devices on the market. Aces High Aviation now offers the MCX Redbird full motion training device for students.


Not only does this provide the ability to offer the highest quality training to our students, it also reduces the cost as you can log simulator hours towards ratings at a much cheaper price than with an aircraft.

MCX ATD – $85 hr


Instructor – $80/hr


What can it be used for?

20 hours in instrument conditions can be credited toward the 40 hours minimum for an instrument rating. However, the remaining minimum of 20 hours must be logged in an aircraft.


If you fly Cessna 172 for your instrument rating, this program will save at least $3,400.00 to $3,900.00 and potentially much more since you can use it to gain experience and practice procedures past the time you can log. On average, this reduces the cost of instrument training by 25% while improving and giving you the ability to experience more.



2.5 hours can be credited toward the 40 hours minimum for a private pilot certificate. However, the remaining minimum of 37.5 hours must be logged in an aircraft.


Aside from the credited hours, practicing instrument approaches, this device can be used to simulate things that are not possible to perform or practice safely in the aircraft itself, like failing instruments, lost comms, or other failures and emergency procedures that are critical to training.


You may credit 50 hours of simulator time towards your commercial rating requirements of 250 hours.


Instrument proficiency can also be maintained in the simulator. See below for more details.

Instrument currency requirements

To act as the PIC under IFR or in weather conditions less than VFR, you must be current on instrument. This applies to both solo flights or those with passengers.

(1) Use of an airplane, powered-lift, helicopter, or airship for maintaining instrument experience. Within the 6 calendar months preceding the month of the flight, that person performed and logged at least the following tasks and iterations in an airplane, powered-lift, helicopter, or airship, as appropriate, for the instrument rating privileges to be maintained in actual weather conditions, or under simulated conditions using a view-limiting device that involves having performed the following:

(i) Six instrument approaches.

(ii) Holding procedures and tasks.

(iii) Intercepting and tracking courses through the use of navigational electronic systems.

(2) Use of a full flight simulator, flight training device, or aviation training device for maintaining instrument experience. A pilot may accomplish the requirements in paragraph (c)(1) of this section in a full flight simulator, flight training device, or aviation training device provided the device represents the category of aircraft for the instrument rating privileges to be maintained and the pilot performs the tasks and iterations in simulated instrument conditions. A person may complete the instrument experience in any combination of an aircraft, full flight simulator, flight training device, or aviation training device.