This paper examines the development of two PCATD’s (one
helicopter, one fixed-wing) and their eventual certification by CAA.
Certification has demonstrated the potential these devices have for aviation
training in New Zealand. Traditionally FTD‘s and PCATD’s have been
sourced from foreign companies, and they represent a considerable financial
investment for large flying training organisations. The procurement of these
simulator types is generally beyond the financial resources of most small to
medium sized flying schools. Aviation training in NZ is facing significant
financial constraints as well as an increasing demand to simulate complex
glass cockpit systems that are now installed in most new General Aviation
(GA) aircraft. The development, utilisation and certification of this type of
PCATD technology could solve these difficult challenges.
Savern Reweti, Andrew Gilbey, L Jeffreys and S Hall (2011). PC-based aviation training devices (PCATDs): research, development and certification. Aviation Education and Research Proceedings, vol 2011, pp 5-18.