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Federal Aviation Administration, DOT 

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a. Except for special use airport models, 

described as Class III, all airport models re-
quired by this part must be representations 
of real-world, operational airports or rep-
resentations of fictional airports and must 
meet the requirements set out in Tables A3B 
or A3C of this attachment, as appropriate. 

b. If fictional airports are used, the sponsor 

must ensure that navigational aids and all 
appropriate maps, charts, and other naviga-
tional reference material for the fictional 
airports (and surrounding areas as nec-
essary) are compatible, complete, and accu-
rate with respect to the visual presentation 
of the airport model of this fictional airport. 
An SOC must be submitted that addresses 
navigation aid installation and performance 
and other criteria (including obstruction 
clearance protection) for all instrument ap-
proaches to the fictional airports that are 
available in the simulator. The SOC must 
reference and account for information in the 
terminal instrument procedures manual and 
the construction and availability of the re-
quired maps, charts, and other navigational 
material. This material must be clearly 
marked ‘‘for training purposes only.’’ 

c. When the simulator is being used by an 

instructor or evaluator for purposes of train-
ing, checking, or testing under this chapter, 
only airport models classified as Class I, 
Class II, or Class III may be used by the in-
structor or evaluator. Detailed descriptions/ 
definitions of these classifications are found 
in Appendix F of this part. 

d. When a person sponsors an FFS main-

tained by a person other than a U.S. certifi-
cate holder, the sponsor is accountable for 
that FFS originally meeting, and continuing 
to meet, the criteria under which it was 
originally qualified and the appropriate Part 
60 criteria, including the airport models that 
may be used by instructors or evaluators for 
purposes of training, checking, or testing 
under this chapter. 

e. Neither Class II nor Class III airport vis-

ual models are required to appear on the 
SOQ, and the method used for keeping in-
structors and evaluators apprised of the air-
port models that meet Class II or Class III 
requirements on any given simulator is at 
the option of the sponsor, but the method 
used must be available for review by the 
TPAA. 

f. When an airport model represents a real 

world airport and a permanent change is 

made to that real world airport (e.g., a new 
runway, an extended taxiway, a new lighting 
system, a runway closure) without a written 
extension grant from the NSPM (described in 
paragraph 1.g. of this section), an update to 
that airport model must be made in accord-
ance with the following time limits: 

(1) For a new airport runway, a runway ex-

tension, a new airport taxiway, a taxiway ex-
tension, or a runway/taxiway closure—with-
in 90 days of the opening for use of the new 
airport runway, runway extension, new air-
port taxiway, or taxiway extension; or with-
in 90 days of the closure of the runway or 
taxiway. 

(2) For a new or modified approach light 

system—within 45 days of the activation of 
the new or modified approach light system. 

(3) For other facility or structural changes 

on the airport (e.g., new terminal, relocation 
of Air Traffic Control Tower)—within 180 
days of the opening of the new or changed fa-
cility or structure. 

g. If a sponsor desires an extension to the 

time limit for an update to a visual scene or 
airport model or has an objection to what 
must be updated in the specific airport 
model requirement, the sponsor must pro-
vide a written extension request to the 
NSPM stating the reason for the update 
delay and a proposed completion date, or ex-
plain why the update is not necessary (i.e., 
why the identified airport change will not 
have an impact on flight training, testing, or 
checking). A copy of this request or objec-
tion must also be sent to the POI/TCPM. The 
NSPM will send the official response to the 
sponsor and a copy to the POI/TCPM. If 
there is an objection, after consultation with 
the appropriate POI/TCPM regarding the 
training, testing, or checking impact, the 
NSPM will send the official response to the 
sponsor and a copy to the POI/TCPM. 

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a. The subjective tests provide a basis for 

evaluating the capability of the simulator to 
perform over a typical utilization period; de-
termining that the simulator accurately 
simulates each required maneuver, proce-
dure, or task; and verifying correct oper-
ation of the simulator controls, instruments, 
and systems. The items listed in the fol-
lowing Tables are for simulator evaluation 
purposes only. They may not be used to limit 
or exceed the authorizations for use of a 
given level of simulator, as described on the 
SOQ, or as approved by the TPAA. 

b. The tests in Table A3A, Operations 

Tasks, in this attachment, address pilot 
functions, including maneuvers and proce-
dures (called flight tasks), and are divided by 

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