Project OS 09/14 - Mandatory Use of Flight Simulators
This project is now closed.
25 May 2012
This project is now closed
Refer to the project closure notes for further information.
21 May 2012
This NFRM is now available.
27 Oct 2010
The NPRM is open for comment and is available on the CASA website. Comment period closes 21 January 2011.
22 Dec 2009
Comments to this Discussion Paper (DP) closed on 22 February 2010
2 Sep 2009
Project closed 25 May 2012.
On 21 May 2012, NFRM 1007OS - Mandatory Flight Simulator Training which contained amendments to CAO' 40.1.0, 40.3.0 and 82.0 was published at Comlaw. The publication of this NFRM finalises the project.
There is no regulatory requirement for simulator training in Australia. The ATSB Transport Safety Report AO-2007-017, (Fuel starvation Jundee Airstrip, WA 26 June 2007) recommendation AO-2007-SR-084 states that CASA address this safety issue. For important safety reasons, training in many sequences involving critical in-flight emergency situations, can only be conducted in a flight simulator. Among the most important of those situations are those involving an engine malfunction at a critical stage of flight. The only means of safely conducting such training may be in a flight simulator.
However it should be noted that proposed CASR Part 121 requires a 6-monthly proficiency check that includes conducting a missed approach with one engine inoperative and a rolling refresher programme to cover all major failures of aeroplane systems and associated procedures over a 3 year period, it?does not mandate the use of a simulator for these purposes. A simulator is only mandatory when training to conduct low visibility operations. There appears to be a gap between the quantity and quality of training that can be achieved via the minimum endorsement requirements when simulator training is not used, compared to that which can be achieved when a simulator is used. Given the complexity of modern transport category aircraft and the benefits of simulator training, the ATSB considers that in cases where a flight simulator is available in Australia, then it should be mandated for endorsement training.
CASA will undertake a review of the legislation and consider whether there is a need to mandate the use of simulators in connection with certain flight crew training requirements in the air transport sector, and other sectors where this may be appropriate.
This project was approved by Peter Boyd, Executive Manager Standards Development & Future Technology Division on 27 August 2009
CASR Part 121
Project Stakeholder:Greg Hood, Executive Manager, CASA Operations Division
Project Leader: Nick Strange
Project Sponsor: Peter Boyd, Executive Manager Standards Development and Future Technology Division
Stds Dev Project Manager: John Grima