EASA Certification Specification for Aeroplane Flight Simulation Training Devices CS-FSTD(A), Issue 2 was published on 3 May 2018 (Executive Director (ED) Decision 2018/006/R) and is being adopted within the UK FSTD regulatory framework in accordance with EU-defined timescales, discussed below. These updates to CS-FSTD(A) originate from Work Package 1 of EASA RMT.0196 which looked closely at defining the requirements for upset prevention and recovery training (UPRT) on flight simulation training devices (FSTDs). RMT.0196’s terms of reference, regarding UPRT, were to:
This page replaces IN-2016/044 from 1 July 2018 and is applicable to FSTD operators, aeroplane ATOs and aeroplane AOC holders. In addition to Issue 2 of CS-FSTD(A), EASA NPA 2017-13 gives further details of updates.
The following information describes the process by which suitable FSTDs can be qualified to support UPRT. Approval to conduct UPRT on suitable FSTDs, using approved course materials and instructors, must also be obtained by approved training organisations (ATOs). EASA RMT.0581 defines regulations for UPRT licensing (FCL) and operations (OPS) approval requirements (available in EASA NPA 2015-13). Implementation of these regulations in Commission Regulation (EU) no 1178/2011 is not expected before April 2019, and it will therefore not be possible to conduct approved UPRT on FSTDs before this date.
FSTDs for which an initial qualification application was received on or after 4 May 2018 may use the updated CS-FSTD(A), Issue 2, as their primary reference document according to AMC1 ARA.FSTD.100(a)(1)(b)(1) (EASA regulations). This will become mandatory when Regulation (EU) No.1178/2011 is updated with UPRT requirements in April 2019 (ED Decision 2018/006/R). Therefore new FSTDs that are qualified against the requirements of CS-FSTD(A), Issue 2 may be qualified for UPRT but operators will not receive approval to conduct UPRT before April 2019.
Operators will need to apply to the CAA for a special evaluation of the additional functionality on applicable FSTDs which are already qualified. Such devices will be evaluated in accordance with ORA.FSTD.230 ‘Changes to the qualified FSTD’ and its associated AMC (EASA regulations). If the evaluation is successful, UPRT considerations will be added to the qualification certificate. However, FSTDs that are upgraded against the requirements of CS-FSTD(A), Issue 2 may be qualified for UPRT but operators will not receive approval to conduct UPRT before April 2019.
Further information to support upgrades to previously qualified FSTDs can be found in CS-FSTD Issue 2, AMC11 FSTD(A).300, Guidance on high angle of attack/stall model evaluation and approach to stall for previously qualified FSTDs.
FSTDs upgraded with UPRT modifications to meet FAA UPRT requirements (FAA NSP - Flight Simulation Training Device Qualification Guidance) but which also hold a qualification certificate issued by the CAA will be assessed by the CAA against CS-FSTD(A) Issue 2 requirements if requested by the operator. The CAA also reserves the right to assess modifications against these criteria where not requested.
Requirements previously detailed in IN-2016/044 continue to apply to applicable FSTDs which are already qualified but will not be upgraded to meet Issue 2 criteria. This approach will remain in place until Regulation (EU) No.1178/2011 is updated with UPRT requirements, expected in April 2019.
Further information from EASA on UPRT using FSTDs – https://www.easa.europa.eu/faq/44870
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