The intent of the meeting is to open up discussion to alternative means of validation of FSTDs – and share and promote new ideas and ways of optimizing regular testing and checking methods. We invite your organization to participate in this “idea generation” activity to ensure we consider ideas from across the industry.
To kick off the discussion, the meeting will entertain the contrarian opinion about an over reliance on QTGs for annual validation for performance and handling of the FSTD. The premise for this point is that the QTG is a valuable testing tool to validate the simulation software initially, but often does not lend itself to identify problems with the simulation software over a recurring period. However as an industry we spend thousands of hours repeating tests – where the actual software has not changed one bit. The challenge is to develop a more optimized approach to validating the simulation software and focus more on the hardware in the loop, where there are regular areas that should be checked and problems often occur, effectively over the lifecycle of the FSTD.
The meeting will introduce the concept of using flight test data along with engineering data to objectively evaluate an FSTD from a holistic point and treat the FSTD as a system – where the system may require different testing methods. We will explore ways we can potentially separate software validation from hardware testing – and as a result more effectively test our machines.
The meeting will review the history and progression of QTGs, current regulatory requirements, and challenge the fundamental reasons for conducting regular QTG testing in today’s environment.
The meeting will take a look forward into the future of the industry; and we invite you to be part of creating that future.
Operators, training device manufacturers, airframers, and support suppliers are all welcome and may gain valuable insight into the potential future of FSTD testing and performance.