4.3 Initial or Upgrade Evaluations

4.3.1 An operator seeking FTD initial or upgrade evaluation must submit a request in writing to the MSP through the appropriate regional office. All requests should contain a compliance statement certifying that the device meets all provisions of this Chapter, that the cockpit configuration conforms to that of the aircraft, 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 aircraft in all appropriate functions test areas.

  1. A title page with the operator and TC signature blocks;
  2. A FTD information page, for each configuration in the case of convertible devices, providing the following information, if applicable -

    1. the operator's FTD identification number or code,
    2. aircraft, or set of aircraft, as appropriate, being simulated,
    3. source of aerodynamic data and any appropriate revision reference,
    4. engine model (and data revision, as applicable) if appropriate,
    5. flight control data revision, if appropriate,
    6. flight management system identification (and revision level, if appropriate),
    7. FTD model and manufacturer,
    8. date of device manufacture,
    9. computer identification, if appropriate,
    10. visual system model and manufacturer, if installed, and
    11. motion system type and manufacturer, if installed;

  3. Table of Contents;
  4. Log of revision and/or list of effective pages;
  5. Listing of all other reference or source data, if applicable;
  6. Glossary of terms and symbols used;
  7. Statements of Compliance (SOC) as may be required in Appendix4-A, "Flight Training Device Standards", comments column - SOC requirements;
  8. A list of equipment required to accomplish the validation tests and a description of the appropriate procedures to be followed to record the test results. If testing and recording is to be accomplished automatically, a listing of the equipment and appropriate procedures should be included; and
  9. The following is needed for each validation test designated in Appendix4-B:

    1. name of the test,
    2. objective of the test,
    3. initial conditions,
    4. method for evaluating validation test results,
    5. tolerances for relevant parameters,
    6. source of validation reference data,
    7. copy of validation reference data,
    8. validation test results as obtained by the operator, and
    9. a means, acceptable to DOT of easily comparing the training device test results to validation reference data.

4.3.3 Test results should be labelled using terminology common to aircraft parameters as opposed to computer software identifications or other references. These results should be easily compared to the supporting data by employing cross plotting, overlays, transparencies or other acceptable means. Use of multi-channel recorder, line printer or similar recording media is encouraged for all FTD levels; however, regardless of the media used, it must be acceptable to TC. Data reference 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 or resolution. Incremental scales on graphical presentations must provide the resolution necessary for evaluation of the parameters shown in Appendix4-B. The test guide will provide the documented proof of compliance with the validation tests in Appendix4-B. In the case of an upgrade, an operator should run the validation tests for the requested qualification level. Validation test results offered in a test guide for a previous initial or upgrade evaluation should not be offered to validate FTD performance as part of a test guide offered for an upgrade. FTD test results should be clearly marked with appropriate reference points to ensure an accurate comparison between training device and validation reference data with respect to time when tests involve time history parameters. Operators using line printers to record time histories should clearly mark that information taken from the line printer data output for cross-plotting on the aircraft data. The cross-plotting of the operator's FTD data to the reference data is essential to verify performance in each test. During an evaluation, TC will devote its time to detailed checking of selected tests from the QTG. The TC evaluation serves to validate the operator's test results.

4.3.4 The complete QTG and the operator's compliance letter and request for the evaluation will be submitted to the MSP. The QTG will be reviewed and determined to be acceptable prior to scheduling an evaluation of the device.

4.3.5 A copy of an MQTG for each type FTD (Levels6 and 7 only) by each manufacturer will be required for the MSP file. The MSP may elect not to retain copies of the QTG for subsequent devices of the same type by a particular manufacturer but will determine the need for copies on a case-by-case basis. Data updates to an original QTG should be provided to the MSP in order to keep TC file copies current.

4.3.6 The operator may elect to accomplish the QTG validation tests while the FTD is at the manufacturer's facility. Tests at the manufacturer's facility should be accomplished at the latest practical time prior to disassembly and shipment. The operator must then validate the performance of the device at the final location by repeating at least 1/3 of the validation tests in the QTG and submitting those tests to the MSP. After review of these tests, TC will schedule an initial evaluation. The QTG must be clearly annotated to indicate when and where each test was accomplished.

4.3.7 In the event an operator moves an FTD to a new location and its level of qualification is not changed, the following procedures shall apply:

  1. Advise the MSP prior to the move;
  2. Prior to returning the FTD to service at the new location, the operator should perform a typical recurrent validation and functions test. The results of such tests will be retained by the operator and be available for inspection by TC at the next evaluation or as requested; and
  3. TC may schedule an evaluation prior to return to service.

4.3.8 When there is a change of operator, the new operator must accomplish all required administrative procedures including the submission of the currently approved QTG to the MSP. The QTG must be identified with the new operator by displaying the operator's name or logo. The FTD may, at the discretion of the MSP, be subject to an evaluation in accordance with the original qualification criteria.

4.3.9 The scheduling priority for initial and upgrade evaluations will be based on the sequence in which acceptable QTGs and evaluation requests are received by TC.

4.3.10 The QTG will be approved after completion of the initial or upgrade evaluation and all discrepancies in the QTG have been corrected. This document, 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 operator for use in future recurrent evaluations.

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