2.3 Initial or Upgrade Evaluations
2.3.1 An operator seeking initial or upgrade evaluation for a simulator shall submit a request in writing to the MSP through the appropriate regional office. Normally the operator becomes the sponsor of the simulator once he/she requests an evaluation. This request shall contain a compliance statement certifying that the simulator meets all of the provisions of this Chapter of the Manual, that specific hardware and software configuration control procedures have been established and that pilots designated by the operator confirm that it is representative of the aeroplane in all functional test areas.
- A title page with the operator and TC approval signature blocks;
A simulator information page providing the following -
- the simulator operator's simulator identification number or code,
- aeroplane model being simulated,
- aerodynamic data revision,
- engine model and its data revision,
- flight control data revision,
- flight management system identification and data revision level,
- simulator manufacturer,
- date of simulator manufacture,
- visual system model and manufacturer,
- motion system type and manufacturer, and
simulator host computer identification;
- Table of contents;
- Log of revisions and/or list of effective pages;
- Listing of all reference source data;
- Glossary of terms and symbols used;
- Recording procedures or required equipment for validation tests;
For each validation test designated in Appendix2-B, the following must be included:
- test name,
- test objective,
- initial test conditions,
- manual test procedures in sufficient detail to enable the simulator test pilot to duplicate the flight test pilot's input without reference to any other part of the QTG,
- automatic test procedures (if applicable),
- method for evaluating simulator validation test results,
- list of all parameters driven or constrained during the automatic test and identify any constraints active during the manual test,
- tolerances allowed for relevant parameters,
- source of aeroplane test data (document and page number),
- copy of aeroplane test data,
- simulator evaluation test results as obtained by the operator, and
- Statement of Compliance for each LevelC and D requirement and, in some designated cases, a test will serve to validate simulator performance (if applicable). Refer to Appendix2-A (Aeroplane Simulator Standards) for the statement of compliance in comments section and designated test requirements and
- For each validation test a means of easily comparing the simulator test results to aeroplane test data. Aeroplane data document included in a QTG may be photographically reduced only if such reduction will not alter the graphic scaling or cause difficulties in scale interpretation. Incremental scales on graphical presentations shall provide the resolution necessary for evaluation of the parameters shown in Appendix2-B.
2.3.3 The simulator results shall be recorded on a multi-channel recorder, line printer or appropriate recording media. Simulator results shall be labelled using terminology common to aeroplane parameters as opposed to computer software identification. These results shall be easily compared transparencies or other acceptable means. Graphic overlaying of simulator results on flight test results is permitted and encouraged, provided simulator and flight test results can be easily differentiated and the flight test data, as presented to the simulator manufacturer by the aeroplane manufacturer from which the graphic is produced, are included in the QTG. The test guide will then show the documented proof of compliance with the simulator validation tests in Appendix2-B. In the case of a simulator upgrade, an operator shall run the validation tests for the required qualification level. Validation test results offered in a test guide for a previous initial or upgrade evaluation shall not be offered to validate simulator performance as part of a test guide offered for a succeeding phase. For tests involving time histories, flight test data sheets or transparencies thereof, simulator test results shall be clearly marked with appropriate reference points to ensure an accurate comparison between simulator and aeroplane with respect to time. Simulator operators using line printers to record time histories shall clearly mark that information taken from the line printer data sheet for cross plotting on the aeroplane data. The cross plotting of the simulator data to the aeroplane data is essential to verify simulator performance in each test. During an evaluation, TC will devote its time to detailed checking of selected tests from the QTG. The TC evaluation will therefore serve to validate the simulator tests.
2.3.4 The completed QTG and the operator's compliance letter and request for the evaluation shall be submitted through the appropriate region for onward transmission to the MSP. The QTG will be reviewed for acceptability prior to scheduling an evaluation of the simulator.
2.3.5 A copy of the QTG for each type simulator by each simulator manufacturer will be required for the MSP's files. The MSP may elect not to retain copies of the QTG for subsequent simulators of the same type by a particular manufacturer but will determine the need on a case by case basis. Data updates to an original QTG shall be provided to the MSP in order to keep TC file copies current.
2.3.6 For initial evaluations, the sponsor may elect to accomplish the QTG validation tests while the simulator is at the manufacturer's facility or the simulator's previous location in the event of the relocation, sale or transfer of the simulator. The sponsor must validate simulator performance at the final location by repeating at least one third of the validation tests in the QTG and submitting those tests to the MSP. After a review of these tests, a TC evaluation will be scheduled.
2.3.7 In the event a simulator is moved to a new location and even if it is in no way changed or modified, advise the appropriate region and the MSP of the move. The MSP shall schedule an evaluation prior to return to service.
2.3.8 If there is a change of simulator operator, the simulator shall be subject to an initial evaluation under the original approval requirements.
2.3.9 Initial and upgrade evaluations of simulators shall be conducted in the same sequence as acceptable QTGs and evaluation requests are received by the MSP.
2.3.10 After the completion of the initial or upgrade evaluation and provided procedural errors in the QTG have been corrected, the QTG will be approved. This QTG, after inclusion of the TC witnessed test results, becomes the Master Qualification Test Guide (MQTG). The MQTG will then remain in the custody of the sponsor for use in recurrent evaluations.
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