1) Plotter replacement
The picture on the right shows the ATC810 with a computer interface replacing the plotter.

2) Morse Code
The ATC series did not have any provision for audible Morse code identifiers - a fundamental requirement for IFR training. This modification adds that capability.
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  1. What's an ATC-810?  - A multi engine Flight Training Device (Simulator) that operates like a Navajo aircraft. Several hundreds were produced in the 1980s. They are still very popular and are to be found worldwide.

  2. Are they still supportable? - They are very sturdy and the  mechanical  parts do not readily break. Any AME could  fix a mechanical failure (cable break etc). Circuit diagrams of the units are available and most electronic parts can be obtained from regular electronic suppliers. The instruments can usually be obtained on the second-hand market; many components are still available from the original suppliers.

  3. Can they be certified? - Yes. Several countries (including Canada) have certified the ATC-810s. Canada has some specific requirements for certification. The basic unit "as-is" can be certified for IFR procedures training and some Commercial Pilot training.  Complete certification for all  training aspects requires that the unit will phugoid - see GAAC 2005-01 dated 2005-01-19. Since September 2005 Canadian  FTDs must pass the Transport Canada certification tests in order to continue to be used for any training that is to be credited towards a licence.

  4. Can they be upgraded? - Yes. There are several modifications available either from ourselves. They range from small items to add a digitial plotter, a Morse Code Card, to assist general usage, to significant improvements such as visual systems and GPS . See the side bars for some of these items.

  5. Where can I get more information? Contact us.


Certification of ATC-810 Multi-Engine IFR Flight Training Devices (FTDs) - previously known as “simulators”

The recent enforcement of FTD standards by Transport Canada (TC) has caused quite the shake-up among Flight Training Unit Operators. According to GENERAL AVIATION ADVISORY CIRCULAR (GAAC) 2005-01 dated 2005-09-01. The ATC-810 and AST-300 FTDs do not fully meet CAR 606.03(2). However, the Transport Minister issued an exemption permitting the operation of ATC-810 and AST-300 FTDs from Chapter 4, Appendix 4A, paragraph 2.f and Appendix 4B, paragraph 3.2.C.9 of the Aeroplane and Rotorcraft Simulator Manual standard (TP 9685).

Simply put, as of Sept. 1st, 2005, any of these FTDs cannot be used to log time toward a pilot license unless it receives and maintains Level 2 or Level 2(R) restricted certification. TC also requires that the pilot in training note the Certificate number of the device into his/her Pilot Training Record (PTR) to receive applicable experience credits towards a rating. It would also be advisable to note the certificate number in his/her logbook.

In order to meet these requirements, Montreal AeroPlus has invested a considerable amount of time and resources developing the ATC-810 test procedures, evaluating the devices, tuning them to their original performance, sending measured results to TC, training operators to run certification tests, and supporting evaluations as required. As a result, it is now possible to obtain and maintain Level 2(R) certification with minimal cost. This includes maintenance, annual testing using a test kit, and Journey Log maintenance.

One of the first ATC-810s to obtain Level 2(R) certification was the unit operated by the Centre de formation aéronautique de Québec (CFAQ) located at Jean-Lesage International Airport in Quebec City ( They received their certificate on November 28th, 2005. Other units certified include the unit at Laurentide Aviation.


 More Upgrades

3) MAP810 The MAP810 is a complete upgrade utilizing X-Plane flight model and visuals with an upgraded instrument panel including the ability to interface with a GPS Unit.. See Our MAP 810 Page for further information.

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