TCA’s new Advanced Aviation Training Device

Third Coast Aviation (TCA) is very excited to announce that we now have, at our offices at Texas Gulf Coast Regional Airport (KLBX), an Advanced Aviation Training Device (AATD) – the ELITE Systems Professional P-1000, which will be of great assistance in your training needs. Whether you’re new to flying, or a seasoned professional, TCA can help you in your flying endeavors.  Having an AATD, allows FAA approval for the following training proficiency credits:

  • Instrument rating – maximum of 20 hours
  • Instrument Proficiency Check – per FAA-s-8081-4e (Circle-to-land not authorized)
  • Commercial Pilot certificate – Maximum of 25 hours

Why an AATD?

There are many reasons to use an AATD.

  1. Save at least 50% on the cost of renting a plane.
  2. For new pilots who need to work on their procedures, this is a great tool allowing the opportunity to practice proficiency in procedures and flight maneuvers prior to taking off in a real plane.
  3. For Instrument Students, build proficiency in the procedures through regular drills, while gaining credit for up to 20 hours towards your instrument rating.
  4. For rusty pilots, it’s been a while, but you just need to start off with reacquainting yourself with the rules and procedures before spending your valuable time in the air with an instructor.
  5. Instructors, this is of great assistance to you as well. Use the AATD as a basis to provide very valuable training to your students. Contact us to learn more about benefits to CFIs using our AATD.

Here’s the bottom line – even if you can’t log every hour spent in an AATD to count toward your certificate or rating, training in an AATD can maximize your training time and minimize the money you spend by enabling you to learn basic procedures in the AATD, and then master them in the actual aircraft. Another advantage is the ability to train when the weather is not cooperating or if an aircraft is not available. This advantage prevents undesirable breaks that can hamper your ability to practice and retain certain skills. Teaching is also much more productive in an AATD, where distractions such as noise and turbulence can be kept to a minimum. The ability to hit the pause button and then explain or review a certain training skill on the spot is another huge advantage. Last but not least, AATD’s permit practice of emergencies and other demanding skills with a level of safety that might not be possible in actual aircraft.

Using aviation training devices will save time, money, and the environment, and allow everyone to fly more safely.  For more information, please contact us at

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Robert Rhodes
Mr. Rhodes serves as CFO of TCA as well as Managing Member of Rhodes Holdings LLC.

Mr. Rhodes previously was CEO & President of Avant Diagnostics, Inc., formerly known as American Liberty Petroleum Corp., from December 2013 through March 2015; Chairman / CEO of Systems Evolution Inc., a software engineering and business analysis consultancy, from November 1993 through December 2006; Managing Member of American Equity Fund LLC which provided financing for micro-capitalization companies (June 2012 – January 2015), founder of KnJ Management LLC which provided IT staffing (January 2004 – January 2006), founder of ART Services, Inc. which provided property management services (December 2003 – February 2007), partner at Software Integration Consulting Group (July 1993 – November 1993), and held positions at BSG Alliance/IT Group (May 1991 – June 1993).

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