(Calpilots Editor’s Note: So it only takes two people to disapprove of the improved Sim Rule and the FAA rescinds it? Yet, it takes the FAA and Department of Transportation over three years to even respond to the Third Class Physical elimination after thousands support it? Ridiculous!)
The FAA is withdrawing a rule that would have allowed greater use of simulators for instrument training because two people thought it was a bad idea. The agency issued a final rule Dec. 3 that allowed up to 20 hours (up from 10) on an approved training device toward an instrument rating. It also got rid of the unusual requirement that students wear a hood while doing instrument training in a simulator (since the outside view in a simulator can be altered to suit the circumstances). The majority of new rules are established under the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) process that gives the public time to comment, usually 90 days, before a rule is enacted. For whatever reason, the FAA issued a direct final rule in this case and when that happens the comment period occurs after the rule is enacted. That’s where this one went sideways.

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