On Friday, April 15th 2016, Juliet Van Wagenen released an article on Aviation Today about the FAA releasing new regulations. There are two new agency rules that the FAA has released with regards to aviation training devices and flight simulators. These new rules will aid in the improvement of the number of situations that are considered not normal that an airline pilot would be approached with. Not only this, but the rules also help pilots get more credit for the instruments needed for an instrument rating.
On March 30th 2016, the FAA said that new standards for the flight simulator evaluations a qualifications will make trainings as well as testing more accurate and realistic. These flight simulation evaluations will include many realistic items such as upset recognition, stalls, recovery techniques, take offs, landings in windy conditions, bounced landed recovery, and scenarios in icy conditions. Much of these scenarios required training according to the rules in November 12, 2013.
Some of the National Transportation Safe Board safety recommendations were lacking a little bit. There is where one of the new rules comes into play and helps the safety board with more in congruent with the flight simulator training.
According the FAA, there will be approximately one-third of the simulators that will be modified in the next few years in order to accommodate for the new training that will be used in the flight simulator.
There will be upgraded requirements that air carriers must meet for their training programs for flight simulators. The deadline for this is March 12, 2019.
There will also be a 10 hour credit on basic aviation training device as well as up to 20 hour credit for advanced aviation training devices.
Here is how Wagenen explains a basic training device as well as an advanced training device.
“A basic aviation-training device is not required to have a visual system, GPS moving map, autopilot or independent instructor control station. An advanced aviation-training device must have these additional features, and a few other aircraft-specific functions. Basic aviation training devices may only be used for training specific to the private pilot certificate instrument rating requirements. Advanced aviation training devices can be used to satisfy training for higher-level certification such as flight instructor, commercial pilot and airline transport pilot.”