3.2 Simulator Evaluation Program
3.2.1 In order to ensure an adequate transfer of learning and behaviour from the simulator to the rotorcraft, the simulator shall be evaluated in each of the areas critical to the accomplishment of the flight crew member evaluation process. This includes evaluating the simulator's performance and handling qualities fidelity in the areas of pre-flight, control checks, taxi, take-off, climb, cruise, descent, approach, hover, landing and certain additional requirements depending on the sophistication of the rotorcraft simulated. The simulator's motion system and visual system will also need to be evaluated to ensure their proper operation. Instructor controls shall be operational to the extent necessary to assure completion of the tests required for initial approval.
3.2.2 It is desirable to evaluate the simulator as objectively as possible; however, pilot acceptance is also an important consideration in the evaluation process. Therefore, evaluation of a simulator involves two types of tests designed to show that it represents the rotorcraft with sufficient fidelity to conduct the amount of training or checking requested. These tests include functional tests from Appendix3-C. Functional tests are designed to provide a basis for evaluating a simulator's capability to perform over a typical training period and to verify the operational fidelity of the simulator's controls, instruments and systems. They shall be performed by a TC pilot experienced in the rotorcraft and type rated if appropriate. Performance and handling qualities tests are designed to provide a quantitative validation of the simulator's fidelity. They objectively compare simulator and rotorcraft performance within a specified tolerance. Each of the two types of tests is designed to complement the other and be supportive of required training objectives.
3.2.3 Tolerances listed in Appendix3-B should not be confused with design tolerances specified for simulator manufacture. Performance and handling qualities tolerances are maximum acceptable deviations of measured simulator parameters from the like rotorcraft parameters to assure adequate representation of the rotorcraft.
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