FAA Simulator terminology and definitions
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§ 141.41 Flight simulators, flight training devices, and training aids.
An applicant for a pilot school certificate or a provisional pilot school certificate
must show that its flight simulators, flight training devices, training aids, and
equipment meet the following requirements:
(a) Flight simulators. Each flight simulator used to obtain flight training
credit allowed for flight simulators in an approved pilot training course curriculum
(1) Be a full-size aircraft cockpit replica of a specific type of aircraft, or make,
model, and series of aircraft;
(2) Include the hardware and software necessary to represent the aircraft in ground
operations and flight operations;
(3) Use a force cueing system that provides cues at least equivalent to those cues
provided by a 3 degree freedom of motion system;
(4) Use a visual system that provides at least a 45-degree horizontal field of view
and a 30-degree vertical field of view simultaneously for each pilot; and
(5) Have been evaluated, qualified, and approved by the Administrator.
(b) Flight training devices. Each flight training device used to obtain flight
training credit allowed for flight training devices in an approved pilot training
course curriculum must—
(1) Be a full-size replica of instruments, equipment panels, and controls of an
aircraft, or set of aircraft, in an open flight deck area or in an enclosed cockpit,
including the hardware and software for the systems installed that is necessary
to simulate the aircraft in ground and flight operations;
(2) Need not have a force (motion) cueing or visual system; and
(3) Have been evaluated, qualified, and approved by the Administrator.
(c) Training aids and equipment. Each training aid, including any audiovisual
aid, projector, tape recorder, mockup, chart, or aircraft component listed in the
approved training course outline, must be accurate and appropriate to the course
for which it is used.