Update to aeroplane flight simulator standards - Part 60 Manual of Standards – Synthetic training devices (CD 1815FS)

Closed 10 Apr 2019

Opened 13 Mar 2019

Results updated 27 Jun 2019

CASA has noted the support for the change to the Part 60 MOS and the additional responses and will be taken into account when planning future regulatory amendments. 

For the responses specifically relating to FSTD Directive 2, CASA will amend the proposed MOS to allow devices which can meet the qualification standards in ICAO Doc 9625 First Edition to be upgraded (for example for UPRT capability). 

The additional wording in the MOS change does not affect the original purposes of the consultation. It allows the inclusion of a small number of devices whose complete upgrade would not be economically feasible. For these devices, CASA will develop wording for the qualification certificates that makes clear what additional training is approved and according to the appropriate standard. CASA will proceed to finalise the MOS wording and publish the revision as soon as is practicable to allow device qualification under the appropriate standard. CASA will proceed to finalise the MOS wording and publish the revision as soon as is practicable to allow device qualification under the new MOS to commence. 


Published responses

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In 2003, CASA aligned technical requirements for aeroplane flight simulators with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Joint Aviation Authorities of Europe (JAA) standards.

The Part 60 Manual of Standards (MOS) Chapter 3, was the result of a direct “cut and paste” of the standards detailed in:

  • ICAO Manual of Criteria for the Qualification of Flight Simulators, Doc 9625-AN/938 Second Edition 2003
  • FAA’s proposed FAR Part 60 Appendix A
  • Joint Aviation Requirements Aeroplane Flight Simulators (JAR-STD 1A Amendment 3 dated 1 July 2003).

Since CASA’s alignment of the Part 60 MOS Chapter 3 with ICAO, FAA and JAA standards in 2003, ICAO, the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the FAA have all updated their aeroplane flight simulator standards.

The proposed new rule set

This amendment will update the standards in the Part 60 MOS to directly reference the latest ICAO, FAA and EASA standards.

Directly referencing the latest ICAO, FAA and EASA standards in the MOS avoids the need for CASA to compile a new MOS, based on the international standards.

Principal changes that would occur

The amended Part 60 MOS will directly reference the latest ICAO, FAA and EASA standards for flight simulators. Since the current MOS was published, changes to these three standards have included updated standards aimed at increasing the scope of the Validated Training Envelope. These updated standards include:

  • Increasing fidelity to support stall and upset prevention and recovery training (UPRT) requirements
  • Increasing the fidelity of the simulation of engine and airframe icing effects
  • Upgrade of the capabilities of the instructor operating station (IOS) to ensure adequate feedback to the instructor in UPRT training sequences.

Why your views matter

As part of the development of aviation rules, CASA consults with the community to ensure the rules will work in practice as they are intended.

CASA recognises the valuable contribution that community and industry consultation makes to the regulatory development process. This consultation is seeking feedback on the proposed updates to Part 60 MOS.

On this page under the heading, ‘Related’, you will find the following documents:

  • Summary of proposed change CD 1815FS (Please read the document before providing your feedback in the online survey)
  • exposure draft of the Part 60 MOS
  • a downloadable PDF and Word copy of this consultation (This is for ease of distribution and feedback within your organisation).

Closing date for comment

Comments on the draft Part 60 MOS should be submitted through the online response form by close of business 10 April 2019.

What happens next

Once the consultation has closed, we will review each submission received through the online response form. We will make all submissions publicly available on the Consultation Hub, unless you request that your submission remain confidential. We will also publish a summary of consultation which summarises the feedback received.

Information about how we consult and how to make a confidential submission is available on the CASA website.

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