3.3 Initial Evaluations

3.3.1 An operator desiring initial or upgrade evaluation for a simulator must submit a request in writing to the MSP or appropriate regional office. The request shall contain a statement certifying that the operator's QTG, that the simulator meets all of the specifications of this part of the manual, that specific hardware and software configuration control procedures have been established, and that the pilot(s) designated by the operator confirm that it is representative of the rotorcraft in all system functions and performance and handling qualities. The request shall also show the current modification level of the operator's aircraft fleet and of the simulator to be evaluated.

  • Tentative evaluation dates shall not be established until the QTG has been reviewed by the MSP and determined to be in accordance with this Manual. Normally within 10working days of receiving the QTG, the MSP will coordinate with the operator to set a mutually acceptable date for the evaluation. To avoid unnecessary delays, operators are encouraged to work closely with the MSP during the QTG development process prior to making formal application.
  • Evaluations will normally be conducted in the same sequence as the QTGs and evaluation requests are received by the MSP.

3.3.2 The operator's QTG shall include the following:

  1. The performance tests and procedures for conducting the tests described in Appendix3-B of this Chapter. If appropriate, the QTG shall also address each requirement from Appendix3-C which specifically relates to the simulator. The QTG shall include a Statement of Compliance for each feature which cannot be demonstrated by a specific objective test.
  2. Rotorcraft data to support each test delineated in Appendix3-B. Rotorcraft data documents included in a QTG may be photographically reduced only if such reduction will not allow the graphic scaling or cause difficulties in scale interpretation.
  3. Operator's simulator test results appropriately recorded to demonstrate simulator fidelity. These results shall be easily compared to the supporting data by employing cross plotting, overlap or transparencies or other acceptable means. The test guide will then show the documented proof of compliance with the simulator objective tests in Appendix3-B. In the case of a simulator upgrade, an operator shall run the tests for the current evaluation level. Test results offered in a test guide for a previous initial or upgrade evaluation shall not be offered to validate a simulator as part of a test guide offered for a succeeding phase. Simulator test results requiring a comparison of time histories of flight test data, or transparencies thereof, shall be clearly marked with appropriate reference points to ensure an accurate comparison between simulator and aircraft data with respect to time. Operators using line printers to record time histories shall clearly mark information taken from the line printer data sheet for cross-plotting in the rotorcraft data. The original recordings of simulator test results shall be inserted into a separate volume as a reference document of the QTG. The cross-plotting or other comparisons of the operator's simulator data to rotorcraft data is essential to verify simulator performance or handling qualities 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 operator's simulator tests.
  4. Rotorcraft data documents 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 appropriate parameters shown in Appendix3-B.

3.3.3 Following the initial or upgrade evaluation, a completed master QTG containing the following shall be submitted to the MSP:

  1. Table of Contents;
  2. Reference page listing all verification data used;
  3. glossary of terms and symbols used in the test guide; and
  4. for each test included in the test guide:
    1. the name of the test,
    2. the test objective,
    3. the test conditions,
    4. the test procedures,
    5. the recording procedure,
    6. the tolerances allowed, and
    7. the rotorcraft flight test data with evaluation results cross plotted on that data.

3.3.4 The original simulator test results of the operator's evaluation and TC evaluation shall be submitted along with the master QTG under separate cover. The simulator test results shall be presented in a manner that is easily cross referenced to the data in the test guide.

3.3.5 A copy of the master QTG shall accompany the master QTG submitted. This copy will be retained for use in recurrent simulator evaluations. The master QTG shall be reviewed by the MSP prior to the first recurrent evaluation of the simulator.

3.3.6 All simulator initial evaluations and subsequent recurrent evaluations after the date of issue of this manual will be conducted according to the guidance herein.

3.3.7 During evaluations, a sponsor's current, line qualified or designated pilot and a sponsor's or operator's simulator operator will be available to assist in the accomplishment of the functions and validation tests. TC type qualified personnel shall manipulate the controls during the TC evaluation with assistance from the sponsor's pilot at the discretion of TC.

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