Certification Specifications for flight simulation training devices (FSTDs) applicable to organizations operating FSTDs and seeking initial qualification of FSTDs are available here:
- CS-FSTD(A) - Issue 2 published as Decision 2018/006/R on 03 May 2018
- CS-FSTD(H) published as Decision 2012/011/R on 4 July 2012
Bilateral Aviation Safety Agreement with the United States to cover flight simulators
The European Union und the United States of America signed on 19/11/2020 two new Annexes to the Agreement on Cooperation in the Regulation of Civil Aviation Safety (BASA), expanding its areas of application to allow the conversion of pilot licences and to reduce duplication in the oversight of flight simulators.
On flight simulation training devices, the BASA Annex and its technical implementation allow for the reciprocal acceptance of findings of compliance, as well as documentation, on the recurrent evaluation and qualification of EU- and U.S.-based full flight simulators. It generate resource savings, in particular by eliminating duplicate evaluations by the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The operators of flight simulation training devices will no longer be subject to multiple re-evaluations, and these savings can be passed on to air carriers sending pilots for training.