FAA Takes Step at Collecting Flight Simulator Data

The U.S. government is seeking comments on its planned collection of data related to the effect on flight safety the initial approval—and continued qualification—of flight simulators has.
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The U.S. government is seeking comments on its planned collection of data related to the effect on flight safety the initial approval—and continued qualification—of flight simulators has.

On May 18, 2012, the Federal Aviation Administration posted a Federal Register notice—Flight Simulation Device Initial and Continuing Qualification and Use—inviting comments on the agency’s “intention” to request the White House Office of Management and Budget approve collecting information related to the simulators.

The collection of information is required “to ensure the safety-of-flight by ensuring that complete and adequate training, testing, checking and experience is obtained and maintained by those who operate” aircraft training and who “use flight simulation in lieu of aircraft for these functions,” the FAA says.

“The FAA uses the information it collects and reviews to ensure compliance and adherence to regulations and, where necessary, to take enforcement action on violators of the regulations,” the agency adds.

The public is invited to comment on any aspect of the information collection, and areas the agency would especially like comments on are:
-Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the FAA’s performance
-Ways for the FAA to enhance the quality, utility and clarity of the information collection
-On the accuracy of the estimated burden on stakeholders providing the information
-On ways the burden could be minimized without reducing the quality of the collected information

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