FTD Consulting has been contracted to implement a Safety Management System & Compliance Monitoring Program for the german-based FTO, soon ATO “FFH – Südwestdeutsche Verkehrsfliegerschule.” This update for quality system documentation is necessary under the new EASA regulations, the Commission Regulation (EC) 290/2012 dated 30th of March 2012. FTD Consulting had already been hired to implement the flight school quality system under JAR regulations and has now been awarded to conduct the EASA-update on the current documentation. All necessary document amendments will be implemented as well as all necessary procedures in order to ensure a reliably operating Safety Management System and Compliance Monitoring Program. FTDC will also provide consulting on how to setup the resources & personnel accompanied by operating such systems.
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Are you planning to become an EASA approved organisation? Do you need help and assistance in creating all necessary documents? Do you have lots of things to do and are tired of being the pen-pusher and shoving paperwork around? Then it might be time to contact us in order to save you a lot of time and headache. Aside from our services in flight simulation, we have specialised in offering assistance in documentation for aviation businesses world-wide. Mainly, we focus on ATOs and AOC holders, but also we assist Registered facilities and other aviation-related businesses. Before we had specialised in quality documentation and the approval of Flight Training Organisations, but with the Basic regulation (EC) 216/2008 and its further regulatory frame work, its has become vital for organisations to update their documentation to gain an EASA approval. So what documents do you need to have handy?
Commission Regulation (EC) 290/2012, an amendment of former commission regulation 1178/2011, together with its AMCs and guidance material, contains all administrative procedures necessary to apply for ATO. Apart from listing and re-checking all employee records, facility requirements, training equipment and many more items, you will need to introduce a Management System, which is a extended version of the former FTO/ TRTO quality system setup. Not only do you have to restructure all your former documentation, but also you have to add a Safety Management System and a Compliance Monitoring System to your existing Quality System, which is a combined SQMS and now forms a part of the management system setup. Your operations and training manuals will have to be readjusted according to PART-FCL.
According to Commission Regulation (EC) 290/2012, also organisations to hold an FSTD certificate under EASA will have to readjust their administrative procedures and update their documentation. Her also, a Management System, with a Compliance Monitoring System for your FSTD is necessary. The process for initial and recurrent qualifications stays basically the same but here also you will need to introduce a Dossier for display to your inspectors during audit. Without proper docuements you will not receive a qualification on your FSTD.
For AOC holders:
The requirements are listed in PART ORO, its AMCs and GMs, Apart from listing and re-checking all employee records, facility requirements, equipment and many more items, you will need to introduce a Management System alike the ones you find for ATOs and FSTD-Operators. As AOC holders already have a Safety Management System in place, this needs to be updated and incorporated into the management system. However, those AOC holders providing training for their own purposes will also have to apply for ATO and therefore will also have to have two sets of documentation, one for OPS, one for FCL.
As this whole process is indeed a lot of work to be done and as we know that it takes ages to even write a simple quality manual, we would like to offer our services to you and support you in the EASA transition process.
Good luck for your EASA approval!
FTD Consulting is entitled to sell a used Diamond DA42 FNPTII / FTD Level 5 located at one of our customers location here in Germany. The device resembles a DA42 with Thielert engines and is in excellent condition with a low amount of hours. If you want to see the specifications, please see the expose at the used aircraft site provided by Diamond UK.
We have a Citation CJ2 525 A for immediate purchase with a low amount of hours. Please inquire with FTD Consulting on interest. More details on device as follows:
Manufacturer: Virtual Reality Media/ Simvision, built in 2008
Type of Aircraft: Cessna Citation 525A – CJ2
Qualification Level: FTD 2 and/ or FNPTII MCC according JAR-FSTD A/ CS-FSTD (A)
Engine(s): Williams FJ 44-2C
Avionics: Collins ProLine 21,
Additional Equipment: FMS (Universal), GPWS, GPS, Wx-Radar
Image Generator: VRM IMMAX 133×36
The qualification of flight simulators is always a difficult task. Not alone considering the simulators´ demanding qualification requirements, but also the difficult task of having all tasks resolved by the date of qualification.The process of course would be much easier, if it was not for meeting the tight time frames and budgets. So, what does the usual process look like?
Step 1: Customer orders FSTD after all decision-making processes have ended. Yes, of course, but usually the decision-making process is taking a lot longer than normally anticipated. As some manufacturers are not able to provide offers for their devices, especially when dealing with FFS, the time receiving an offer can easily take 3 months. According to our experience, there are even some fix-base FSTD providers (FNPTII or FTD) who will take ages to send out offers and making it impossible to have a comparison of offers on short-notice. Then, also inspecting those devices in the factory (which most often is not possible as devices are built just-in-time) or at a customers site (often not wished as competition is everywhere), the process takes a lot longer than desired.Problem is, when airlines or flight schools receive their aircraft they would also like to have the simulator at the same time. As FSTDs are usually not a serial product but most often a custom-built solution and customers are not familiar with the complicated processes of production and qualification here also, we experience a lot of pressure deriving from unrealistic desired delivery times. By the time negotiations start, normally FSTD manufacturers have enough time for production, but with all the delays, months of useful time are lost. We often hear customers saying:”But we need to start our course at that date!” We understand that, but usually it is not us delaying the process. So what else will happen to spoil a successful start of pilot training.
Step 2: Applying for FSTD qualification/ certification with your local CAA. According to most national aviation authorities an operator of a FSTD has to folow a strict protocol. You may apply for a so-called initial qualification several months prior to the desired date, but usually not earlier and also you can not rely on the desired date. Due to the high workload of the CAA inspectors, especially now as we face the transition to EASA, it can not be guqaranteed that desired dates can be achieved. Then most important, some CAAs will only accept apllications for FSTD qualification with “all” necessary documents sent in with the application. Two documents pose the most difficult problems. Usually, a quality system manual with FSTD procedures is needed, which is the duty of every operator. To produce such document according to EASA PART-FCL/ PART-ORA, customers need courses and a considerable time to produce this document. This process is often underestimated. The Qualification Test Guide – QTG, which is a document listing the performance data of the FSTD and which is specific to every device is usually a bigger problem. This document is huge and can only be produced once production of the respective FSTD has reached the terminal phase. So, here is the big problem! How to apply for an initial qualification 3 months before, when the decision making process has been long and a specific QTG can only be recorded 2 or 3 weeks before delivery? Some CAAs will accept a sample QTG document if comparable devices have been produced earlier. Some CAAs are just not willing to accept it. Ergo, sometimes the device is already delivered but the customer has still to wait for several months, which poses a huge problem for conducting cost-effective operations of a flight school or airline.
Step 3: Manufacturing processes & accepting FSTD at factory. We all know the problems even with small orders and repairs. You just can not influence them and for sure always something is going to happen. Parts are not delivered and more often…honestly, the attitude of some manufacturers and/ or their employees pose a big problem in meeting the deadlines. By not focusing on the processes and the quality or due to the lack of skilled personnel, by the time of acceptance, the device is in desolate condition. If the customer is not carefully inspecting the device, he will pay the bill as soon as it comes to qualification on-site! It is vital to check every aspect of the device and look into every detail carefully. But how to do that, if you have no experience with FSTDs at all? Some pilots might think:”Well, it just like the aircraft!” But it isn´t. FSTDs follow other regulatory rules and technical requirements. As we have seen the manufacturing processes over the years, we know about the typical problems. During acceptance, mostly a huge pile of problems is found which further delays the delivery.
Step 4: Shipping, customs and receiving devices on-site. Well, the shipping dates seem to be very reliable, just the decisions on air transport or by sea will show dramatic differences, but are always very easy to plan. Customs is a totally different problem. Usually, we anticipate customs periods of about 2 days to 7 days, but we have countless expamples where this process took about 2 months! After you pass the customs, even the delivery from final port to destination can be a problem. We had cases where the transport was robbed, the truck driver simply decided to come another day and where trucks and loading where damaged. This alone can spoil the whole delivery and installation process, especially when you planned it shortly before the actual qualification date.
Step 5: Installation & Testing with re-run of the QTGs. As we are all human, most customers will not read the requirments for the FSTD facilities cerafully. This often leads to a lot of problems during delivery. From small doors to not having simple crowbars or forklifts, we have seen it all. We had cases where we had to break up walls, and also we had an inexperienced crane-operator who flipped over a cockpit (we did not hire this guy, nor did we have the responsibility). Installing FSTDs is a very special process and not everybody can do it from start to the end. Once the device is installed, the whole retesting process starts and also parts of the QTG have to be re-run in order to ensure that performance of the FSTD has not changed. Here, again a lot of problems show up and once updates are done on the dvice, usually this is where you have even more problems.
Step 6: Judgement day! Day of the initial qualification! Assuming you have survived the process up to here, still there are a lot of possibilities to fail. Do you have all documents in available (Checklists, etc.)? Will the device operate reliably without any break-down? What type of character is the inspector? We had even seen problems with qualification once an operator started a huge verbal fight with an inspector and things got personal. You never know, what happens.
Final conclusion: It is recommended to have a professional partner to deal with every aspect of flight simulation! That is what we do and how we can help!
FTDC presents a cylindrical screen solution to be used in the field of flight simulation as well as other applications, such as tradeshows, gaming, displays, etc. This solution can be adjusted/ custom-built to customers needs. Our standard model is built for a horizontal field of view of about 180° and a vertical field of view of about 35°. Extensions of the field of view can be arranged on request. Our customers may inquire via FTD Consulting. Meanwhile a dedicated website http://www.simulatorscreen.com is under development and we hope to present it to you very soon.
For about a month we do have a partnership with SIMHELP, a company specialised in Full Flight Simulator Services (FFS). Our focus lies in providing services mainly in the fields of sourcing, project management, simulator qualification and approvals and general consulting services under the regulations of EASA and the FAA .
On behalf of our client, we sell a used A320 Touch Screen Trainer from Eca Faros. This device can be qualified as FTD-1 according to JAR-STD 2A and supports your A320 type rating. It has been officially approved as “APT-Trainer” by Airbus and has been successfully used in pilot training throughout several years. The device is used and delivered with many optional extras (3D Side Stick, MCDU, FCU, Throttle Levers, etc.). Please contact us for more info and expose: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Again this year we will attend the AERO Expo, Friedrichshafen, Germany, one of the largest air shows in Europe. We won´t have our own booth but we are open for interesting discussions and meetings at any time!
FTD Consulting signs a contract with Diamond Aircraft, Italy which is also the operator of the local FTO Urbe at the airport Rome-Urbe. FTDC will be coordinating the relocation, installation, acceptance and qualification of their simulators into the new FSTD-Facility. An already existing Diamond Simulation DA42 NG FNPTII, as well as a new Mechtronix Ascent XJ-Trainer FNPTII MCC will be installed in the new facility, installed and finally qualified by the italian ENAC.
Are you looking for a projection screen for your simulation setup? cylindrical? spherical? With a field of view of a 180° and more? From january 2012 you may order projection screens via www.ftd-screens.com und www.simulatorscreen.com for your flight and other simulators. If you have any questions before hand, don´t hesitate to contact us!
Flight simulators, the so-called “Flight Simulation Training Devices“ (FSTDs), can only be used in professional pilot training after qualification/ approval through the civil aviation authority, which contributes to keep up quality and safety standards in commercial aviation.
The technical and regulatory requirements for FSTD qualification for Europe can be found in the publications of the Joint Aviation Requirements, the so-called „JARs“. Especially, the JAR-FSTD A lists all requirements for the respective simulator qualification levels, but as any civil aviation authority has its own margin within the european regulatory framework, requirements may differ in every european country.
FTD Consulting supports Flight Simulator Manufacturers in the process of qualification/ approval of a FSTD. We inform our customers on technical and regulatory requirements and accompany them in the engineering & development process.
From the 8th of April 2012 the new EASA regulations will come into force. Within an interim period of 24 months FTOs/ TRTOs will have to implement a Safety Managemen System (SMS), which can be done in a step-wise process until 2014. In general, the SMS is an extension of the existing quality system in every FTO/ TRTO, the so-called SQMS, which comprises parts of safety and quality alike. It is vital that definitions of safety and awareness for saftey have the highest priority in aviation. This will be achieved by extending the Quality System Handbook with new definitions and procedures.
FTDC signs contract for the evaluation of a Flight Simulator of Flugsimulator Berlin. Within several days, the device will be evaluated considering technical as well as regulatory aspects of the JAR-FSTD A.
FTDC has the opportunity to sell two CAE visual system units also known under the product name Tropos. The visual system is compatible up to FFS Level D, but it will also be interesting to use it in lower qualification levels (e.g. FNPTII/ FTD Level 5).