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National Simulator Program (NSP)

The National Simulator Program (NSP) Branch establishes standards for Flight Simulation Training Devices (FSTD) that are published in 14 CFR part 60 and perform FSTD qualification activities. As defined by part 60, FSTDs include Flight Training Devices (FTD) at levels 4-7 as well as Full Flight Simulators (FFS) at levels A-D.

Contact Information

FSTD Evaluation and Assessment Feedback

Mailing Address

Federal Aviation Administration
National Simulator Program, AFS-205
1701 Columbia Avenue
College Park, GA 30337

Physical Address

Federal Aviation Administration
107 Charles W. Grant Parkway
Hapeville, GA 30354

Telephone: (404) 474-5620
Fax: (404) 474-5656
Email: 9-ASO-AVS-SIM-TEAM@faa.gov

The FAA National Simulator Program (NSP) Branch is staffed with Aeronautical Engineers, Aviation Safety Inspectors, and Aviation Analysts who conduct and support qualification activities for Flight Simulation Training Devices (FSTD) located throughout the United States and overseas.

These standard forms are used for activities related to Flight Simulation Training Device (FSTD) sponsorship, qualification and evaluation. Browse the listing below to download your choice of form(s).

Form Number Title Current Revision Date
NSP Form T001A Preliminary SOQ FSTD Configuration List
Note: Contact the NSP for the latest revision of this form
 
NSP Form T002 FSTD Evaluation Report
Note: Contact the NSP for the latest revision of this form
 
NSP Form T004 (MS Word) Request for Initial-Upgrade Evaluation Date Under the Terms of a BASA/SIP 11/01/2017
NSP Form T011 Sponsor Notification Form for FSTD Modifications (other than FSTD Directive 2)
Note: Contact the NSP for the latest revision of this form
11/07/2017
NSP Form T011-FD2 FSTD Sponsor Notification Form for FSTD Directive 2 Modifications
Note: Contact the NSP for the latest revision of this form
 
NSP Form T012 (MS Word) FSTD Modification Letter of Compliance 11/01/2017
NSP Form T023 (MS Word) Sponsor Letter of Compliance for RNP/AR Training Tasks 11/01/2017
NSP Form T024 (MS Word) Sample Letter of Compliance for FSTD Evaluation 11/01/2017
NSP Form T025 (MS Word) Request for Initial, Upgrade, Reinstatement, or Relocation FSTD Evaluation 11/04/2019
NSP Form T056 (MS Word) Sponsor Letter of Compliance for OSAP Training Tasks 8/11/2018
NSP Form T068 (MS Word) MMI Reporting Form 02/12/2019
NSP Form T069 (MS Word) DR and NQT Closure Report Form 02/12/2019

The SQMS program ensures that the necessary processes and procedures are in place to meet (14 CFR) Part 60 regulatory requirements. The SQMS, developed by the sponsor, functions to ensure the continued performance and effectiveness of Flight Simulator Training Devices (FSTD) by providing continual surveillance and analysis for the purpose of improving FSTD reliability and program oversight.

Tools and Information

Note: This document is provided as a sample SQMS program only. It is intended to assist sponsors in developing their own Part 60 compliant SQMS program.

The 14 CFR Part 60 prescribe the governing rules for the initial and continuing qualification and the use of aircraft flight simulation training devices (FSTD) used to meet training, evaluation, and flight experience.

FSTD Information Bulletins are an information tool that alerts and educates the aviation community by providing information regarding compliance with Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) part 60 pertaining to the Evaluation and Qualification of Flight Simulation Training Devices (FSTD).

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Bulletin Number Title
Current Revision Date
18-02 (PDF) Modeling for FSTD Qualification Runway Status Lights (RWSL) and Land and Hold Short Operations (LAHSO)
9/20/2018
18-01 (PDF) Offshore Standard Approach Procedures (OSAP), Airborne Radar Approaches (ARA), and Helicopter Enroute Descent Areas (HEDA)
8/11/2018
17-01 (PDF) Evaluation of FSTD Ground Handling Models for Bounced Landing Recovery Training
10/05/2017
16-03 (PDF) Objective Motion Cueing Test Implementation
04/11/2016
16-02 (PDF) Realistic Gusting Crosswind Profiles for FSTD Qualification
05/03/2019
16-01 (PDF) 14 CFR Part 60 Deviation Requests and Processing
04/11/2016
14-02 (PDF) Helicopter FSTD Vibration and Buffet QTG Evaluation
04/25/2014
14-01 (PDF) FSTD Evaluation and Qualification for Full Stall Training Tasks
04/27/2018
12-01 (PDF) Enhanced Taxiway Markings and Low Visibility Operations / Surface Movement Guidance and Control System Operations (SMGCS)
02/07/2012
11-05 (PDF) FSTD Evaluation and Qualification for Upset Prevention and Recovery Training (UPRT) Tasks
02/22/2018
11-04 (PDF) FSTD Evaluation and Qualification for Engine and Airframe Icing Training Tasks
02/22/2018
11-03 (PDF) Part 60 Compliant FSTD Statement of Qualification
12/14/2011
11-02 (PDF) Notification of FSTD Modification and Validation Data Updates
12/14/2011
10-03 (PDF) Class II and Class III Visual Airport Model Evaluation
06/17/2010
10-02 (PDF) Request for Initial or Continuing Evaluation of a Level 4 or 5 FSTD
01/12/2016
10-01 (PDF) Night Vision Goggle (NVG) Evaluation for Helicopter and Airplane Flight Simulation Training Devices
11/06/2017
09-05 (PDF) FSTD Qualification for RNP/AR
08/24/2016
09-04 (PDF) Windshear Training and Simulator Requirements
09/14/2009
09-01 (PDF) NSP Guidance on the Application of Non-Flight test Tolerances to Engineering Simulator Validation Data
03/26/2009
08-01 (PDF) Missing, Malfunctioning, or Inoperative Component (MMI) Reporting in Accordance with 14 CFR Part 60
07/14/2013
07-01 (PDF) Procedures for Discrepancy Closure and Request for Due Date Extension
07/14/2013
04-02 (PDF) Qualification of a Flight Simulation Training Device Under the Terms and Agreements of a Bilateral Agreement
08/20/2010
03-07 (PDF) Qualification of Flight Simulation Devices Located Outside the United States
02/20/2010
03-03 (PDF) Enhanced Flight Vision System (EFVS) FSTD Qualification
07-05-2012
03-02 (PDF) Head-UP Display (HUD) Simulator Qualification
06/14/2012
99-01 (PDF) Requesting Initial or Upgrade FSTD (Level 6 and above) Evaluations
04/05/2011

FSTD Directives are legally enforceable rules issued by the FAA in accordance with Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) part 60 to correct an unsafe condition that requires a sponsor to modify an FSTD.

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FD Number Description
Effective Date
FSTD Directive #1 (PDF) Class II and Class III Visual Airport Model Evaluation

Regulatory Reference:
Part 60 QPS Appendix A, Attachment 6
Part 60 QPS Appendix C, Attachment 5

Related Guidance:
NSP Guidance Bulletin 10-03 (PDF)
05/30/2010
FSTD Directive #2 (PDF) Full Stall, UPRT, Icing, Crosswind, and Bounced Landing Training Tasks

Regulatory Reference:
Part 60 QPS Appendix A, Attachment 6

Related Guidance:
NSP Guidance Bulletin 16-03 (PDF)
NSP Guidance Bulletin 16-02 (PDF)
NSP Guidance Bulletin 14-01 (PDF)
NSP Guidance Bulletin 11-05 (PDF)
NSP Guidance Bulletin 11-04 (PDF)
05/31/2016

BASA-SIP agreements promote mutual cooperation and technical assistance between aviation authorities and enable the reciprocal acceptance of FSTD qualification evaluations.

Status of Simulator Implementation Procedures
Country SIP Status
Canada (PDF) Active
United Kingdom (PDF) Active

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