If a flight simulator is to be used for creditable flight training, both the device and the organisation operating the device must be certified.
Based on European legislation applicable in Switzerland, the FOCA inspectors ensure proper application of the FSTD licensing procedure and conduct oversight of the equipment and of the organisations. The term Flight Simulation Training Devices (FSTDs) is the umbrella term for all simulators that may be used for creditable training.
Companies that are interested in becoming certified as an FSTD organisation (FSTDO) are informed about the certification process at a pre-application meeting. Certification takes between three and six months, depending on the quality of the documents submitted. We look forward to hearing from you to schedule an appointment.
An FSTD inspector must conduct a thorough review of the organisation before it can receive FSTDO certification. As a minimum requirement, the FSTDO must have a Management System (MS) described in an Organisation Management Manual (OMM).
The Certification Leaflet – Management System (CL MS) is available to assist the FSTDO in preparing the OMM.
In the FSTDO certification package, you will find the documents on creating an OMM as well as downloads to help you review and submit the documents.
FSTDO certification package
Before an FSTD is certified, the simulator must be assessed by a technical inspector (TI) and an FSTD flight inspector (FI).
The Primary Reference Document (PRD) valid at the time of the application provides the statutory basis for the assessment.
The FOCA must be in receipt of the Letter of Application Part A (LoA Part A) for initial certification of a new FSTD at least three months before the intended commissioning of the device.
Experience has shown that initial certification is often a lengthy process, so contacting the FOCA as early as possible is recommended.
FSTD certification package
Primary Reference Document (PRD) for flight simulators
Lists of qualified Flight Simulation Training Devices
The FOCA notifies EASA of all FSTDs certified in Switzerland and these are then published in the EASA FSTD information system.