Evaluators' course

Overview

This course is an essential foundation for prospective FSTD evaluators and those wishing to experience and practice the job of an evaluator or be part of an acceptance team. Not only do you get to learn from a team of experts with hands-on training, you get the benefit of their many years of experience.

To become a qualified National Aviation Authority (NAA) / EASA Inspector other requirements must be met that are, currently, set by the individual organizations. Most NAA's require their inspectors to have completed the TTI course or a similar one as part of their training towards being recognized as an inspector/evaluator.

These days, the process of evaluating and qualifying a FSTD is common throughout the world, and although NAA regulations do vary somewhat, the standards are consistent. Each of our courses use one of the more common sets of regulations/standards as the core documents when teaching (EASA CS-FSTD & Parts ORA and ARA, FAA FAR Part 60, JAR FSTD A & H).  This core document is chosen according to the what the majority of the students currently use in their home environment. Please note that even though a specific set of regulations is chosen as the core document for training, time is spent throughout the course addressing the differences between all of these. Should students wish to discuss and compare their own NAA's regulations, we will accommodate that in-class as time permits, and after-class if required.

In addition, the ICAO Doc 9625  (Manual of Criteria for the Qualification of FSTD) will be described and discussed, along with items that need to be considered to adopt these guidelines into a full set of regulations and standards..

This course is recognized by the European JAA-TO, who is governed by ECAC, the European arm of ICAO,  and aims at preparing Regulatory Authority Inspectors and personnel of FSTD Operators or Manufacturers, who may be responsible for carrying out evaluations of Flight Simulation Training Devices. Training will be provided in the interpretation and implementation of current regulations and standards, as related to Flight Simulation Training Devices. We make sure that students comprehend how and why we conduct evaluations and qualifications in the manner established, which means the intent of the whole process is understood, not just what is written in the regulations and standards.

 

Course Objectives

At the successful completion of a course, the student will be able to;

  • Describe the origin, development and transition to current regulations and standards
  • State the historical function, structure and responsibilities of National Aviation Authorities (NAA's) with comparisons.
  • Explain the principle and methodology of Standardization Teams (FSTD Joint Implementation Procedures (JIP)).
  • Identify all related documentation for the evaluation and qualification of a FSTD
  • Describe the regulatory document format and the use of its parts for all items including the intent of the Regulations.
  • Locate the requirements and standards for all initial and recurrent testing of a FSTD including validation, function and subjective tests.
  • State the Qualification Test Guide (QTG) requirements and their relationship to Acceptance Test Guides
  • Compare the standards and rules of different NAA's when considering their acceptability to meet individual NAA requirements; the concept of AMC's.
  • Summarize the process and good practices for running QTG's
  • Plan an initial or recurrent qualification evaluation
  • Be a functional member of a FSTD evaluation team including participating in writing an evaluation report with classifications of findings and associated limitations or restrictions as required
  • Conduct both pilot-flown (manual) and automatic QTG tests
  • Analyze and rationalize the results of both manual and automatic QTG tests
  • Describe the requirements of, and perform, Function and Subjective tests with the use of profiles
  • Describe visual systems and how they are tested using test patterns and equipment.
  • State the requirements of a Quality Management and Compliance Monitoring system
  • Locate and comprehend FSTD Data requirements: "flown" data, substitute data, engineering data.
  • Describe the regulatory requirements for updating or modifying FSTD's
  • Describe ICAO 9625 purpose, it's implications, and what must be done to adopt these guidelines

Course Duration

A typical course lasts 5-6 days depending upon location and background of students.  The subject matter covered on the 5 and 6 day courses is essentially the same, but the 6 day course contains more hands-on exercises in the FSTD and classroom. 5-day courses are usually run Monday to Friday inclusive, and 6-day courses run Monday to Saturday inclusive, both during normal working hours, however, we are flexible with our schedule should a customer wish to run a course on other days.

Sample Schedules

Sample Schedule for a combined 6 Day FSTD Evlauators Course and Abbreviated Evaluators Course

Sample Schedule for a combined 5 day FSTD Evaluators Course and Abbreviated Evaluators Course