The cockpit of an aircraft is not a great classroom! There is noise, traffic, clouds, ATC and other distractions that make it inefficient as a learning environment. The REDBIRD AATD is an excellent classroom and training tool where you can learn everything from basic flight maneuvers to complex instrument approaches. Here are a few of the advantages of using a simulator. 1. The “pause” button allows you to talk with your instructor about certain scenarios. 2. Failures can be much more effectively simulated in the safe environment of an AATD. 3. All weather scenarios can be simulated, like low visibility, strong winds, turbulence, and precipitation. You don’t need to wait for the perfect bad weather. 4. High availability. The simulator is rarely down for maintenance and never gone on a long cross-country excursion. 5. Efficiency. During any given time you can fly many more instrument approaches or practice visual landings in the simulator compared to an actual aircraft.