Simulators Being Brought under New Rule

 - November 16, 2006, 4:17 AM

Technical, design and operational requirements for simulators and flight training devices (FTDs) will be updated and consolidated under one new rule, FAR Part 60. The new rule was adopted yesterday from a four-year-old notice of proposed rulemaking but does not go into effect until October 30 next year, after which affected entities will have between Oct. 30, 2009 and Oct. 30, 2013 to be fully in compliance with all the new requirements. The new part consolidates and updates simulator and FTD requirements that currently exist in different parts of the FAA’s regulations and in advisory circulars. Part 60 would also require simulator and FTD providers to have an FAA-approved quality-assurance program, currently a voluntary item. The intended effect of these proposed changes is to “ensure that users receive the best possible training in flight simulation devices that closely match the performance and handling characteristics of the airplanes being simulated.”