What is an FSTD?

Abbreviation FSTD means all synthetic training devices used to pilot training. Different FSTD levels are FFS, FNPT, FTD and BITD. Different levels are meant for different purposes: other devices are used to practice handling skills, while others are meant for training aircraft system operation.

What does FSTD stand for in aviation?

Flight Simulation Training Device Qualification (FSTD)

What is a Level C Flight Simulator?

Level C simulators have lower transport delay, or latency, than the previous two levels and they need a motion platform that includes all six degrees of freedom. They also have visual systems that require an outside-world horizontal field of view of a minimum of 75 degrees for each of the pilots concerned.

What is a Level D flight simulator?

A Level D/Type 7 simulator simulates all aircraft systems that are accessible from the flight deck and are critical to training. This standard of simulator is used both for initial and recurrent training for commercial air transport (CAT) aircraft.

What is flight simulator training?

A Flight Simulation Training Device (FSTD) is a device that artificially recreates aircraft flight and the environment in which it flies – for pilot training, design or other purposes.

Do pilots use Microsoft Flight Simulator?

Many pilots even polish their skills at home using video games such as Microsoft Flight Simulator. The 2018, 2019, and 2020 versions have proven popular with pilots. Pilots of all ages can fly anything from a Piper Cub to a Boeing 777 on a Microsoft Flight Simulator.

How much does a full motion flight simulator cost?

High-fidelity full flight sims are pricey. FAA-qualified full flight simulators can cost $10 million. Full-time equivalent (FTE) Level six and seven trainers without motions still cost up to $1 million.

How much does a Level D flight simulator cost?

These simulators take up half a building, they weigh a few tons, and they are not exactly cheap: A Level D simulator sets us back about $12 million, plus the cost of operating it.

How long does an EASA FSTD certificate last?

An EASA FSTD qualification certificate has an unlimited duration (ARA.FSTD.100). It remains valid as long as its “Status” is ACTIVE in the list below. See footnote for additional information.

Who is eligible for CS-FSTD ( a ) as amended?

(a) CS-FSTD(A) as amended applies to approved training organisations operating a flight simulation training device (FSTD) or in the case of BITDs only, manufacturers seeking initial qualification of FSTDs.

Which is the lowest level of FAA FSTD?

•described all the current FAA and EASA types of FSTD from FFS to the lowest level of device in terms of the 9625 matrix FSTD DNA approach ICAO 9625 – GAP ANALYSIS WITH CURRENT STANDARDS

What do you need to know about the FSTD course?

The responsibilities of the National Aviation Authority (NAA) with regard to oversight procedures and NAA standardisation are covered, as well as the requirements applicable to the operator for FSTD qualification. The course all covers all aspects of the fixed wing and rotary wing FSTD evaluation process and Compliance Monitoring System audits.