Project OS 11/48 - Simulator Cyclic Training and Proficiency Programs - Development of CAAP 217-1(0) and Amendment to CAO's 40.1.5 and 40.2.1
Project closed 12 June 2015.
The development of this CAAP is now obsolete since the release of CAAP 217-1(0) and the development of the follow up CAAP 217-2(0).
The introduction of simulators for pilot and flight engineer training and proficiency testing has allowed an opportunity for additional training other than the minimum CAR 217(2) requirement of two checks of proficiency each year. CAO 40.2.1 Appendix V provides a means of completing an instrument rating using a cyclic program, but there is no specific means of completing the annual proficiency check in this manner. However many operators whose aircraft are supported by simulators have developed and used cyclic training programs.
The use of cyclic training and proficiency programs has been accepted practice for many years, but no guidelines exist for the design or approval of such programs.
As regulations are being amended to require that simulators be used for pilot training and proficiency testing, operators will benefit by having a more flexible approach to the design of simulator programs. Incorporating a cyclic approach to aircrew training and proficiency testing will provide aircrew with more effective, timely and directed training to improve safety.
The development of CAAP 217-1(0) will provide guidance for the design of cyclic training and proficiency programs and so establish consistency for the operator and CASA.
The current CAO 40.2.1 Appendix V describes an approved cyclic training program, but this applies to the instrument rating renewal only. Apart from the demonstration of emergency procedures, there is no legislative provision to include the CAO 40.1.5 Appendix II flight proficiency test in a cyclic program, but neither is it excluded.
An amendment to CAO 40.1.5 will permit items of the flight proficiency test to be completed over a period of time, but for all the items to be completed within the previous 15 months.
The risk of not providing this guidance is that operators, particularly those with less experience, will design programs that do not incorporate all the requirements of the instrument rating renewal, and the flight proficiency test in each annual program. Lack of guidance may also mean that there is inconsistency in how CASA approves these programs and may introduce a risk that proficiency testing is not completed to a proper standard.
- Development of CAAP 217-1(0) - Simulator Cyclic Training & Proficiency Programs.
- Amendment to CAO 40.1.5 to permit items of the flight proficiency test to be completed over a period of time, but for all the items to be completed within the previous 15 months.
- Amendment to CAO 40.2.1 - inclusion of the flight proficiency test, as detailed in Appendix II of CAO 40.1.5, in a cyclic program.
CAR 217, CAO 40.1.5 and CAO 40.2.1
This project was approved by Peter Boyd, Executive Manager Standards Development & Future Technology Division on 15 November 2011.
Project Leader: Craig Brown Standards Technical Officer, Standards Division
Project Sponsor: Roger Weeks, Manager Flying Standards Branch, Operations Division
Standards Development Project Managers: Mike Juelg, Flight Crew Licensing, Standards Division
Standards Consultative Committee (SCC)
|Consultation updates in 2015|
|Project OS 11/48 - Simulator Cyclic Training and Proficiency Programs - Development of CAAP 217-1(0) and Amendment to CAOs 40.1.5 and 40.2.1||This project is now closed
Refer to the project closure notes for further information.
|16 Jun 2015|
|Consultation updates in 2011|
|Project OS 11/48 - Simulator Cyclic Training and Proficiency Programs - Development of CAAP 217-1(0) and Amendment to CAOs 40.1.5 and 40.2.1||Project approved.||18 Nov 2011|