Flight simulators: the importance of choosing the right training

February 14, 2022

With over 15 years of expertise in aircraft simulator acquisition, certification, and program management, we at PAC know that investing in modern Flight Simulation Training Devices (FSTDs) is not a decision to be taken lightly. We are here to help. Comprised of audio and visual systems, motion and control loading systems, computing, electromechanical and hydraulic systems, and equipped with complex flight performance models, FSTDs are sophisticated, expensive and resource-intensive systems to procure and maintain.

In addition to the engineering demands, there are regulatory considerations to take into account. To monetize an FSTD, any hour flown must be recognized by the relevant national regulators. Consequently, national airworthiness regulators take particular interest in the minimum functionality and performance of FSTDs. For example: in the USA, the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) manages and regulates these requirements under the National Simulator Program (NSP) and promulgates them in 14 CFR Part 60, which covers aspects such as cockpit design, visual systems, motion and control loading systems, flight performance models, and emergency procedures. The NSP does this through initial and ongoing qualification surveillance audits of every registered FSTD in the country.

That is why PAC’s goal is to enable clients to navigate the Part 60 requirements, specific to their devices, to attain and maintain the accreditation needed for their market sector. One way of achieving this is to provide training solutions through our Methods of Simulation course, equally suitable for commercial, government, and military applications. Our instructors have FAA NSP and academy instruction specific experience and give unparalleled insight into the aims and some of the ‘gotchas’ associated with operations of FSTDs.

Our next five-day course–in partnership with Fiji Airways–will be held from 25 to 29 April, in Nadi (Fiji), at the brand new Fiji Airways Aviation Academy. Enrollment is now open. Click here for more information.


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