ASTi Level D Commercial Audio Simulation Training Certification

Certifying a trainer to Level D standard (FAA/JAA/CAA etc.) is no easy task. ASTi has created a set of pre-requisites for ASTi's Level D certified aural cue and communications systems training course.

Pre-requisites for the training course include familiarization with the following documents:

  1. FAA FAR Part 60
  2. FAA AC120-40B
  3. ICAO 9625 Rev.3 Manual of Criteria for Qualification of FSTDs
  4. JAA JAR-STD1A Amendment 3 Flight Simulation Training Device Qualification Guidance

We believe that it will only be possible to accomplish the training objectives if the intended students meet certain standards of experience.

For proficiency Level 3 the pre-requisites are:

  • Four year college degree in Computer Science/Electrical Engineering/Acoustics or equivalent industrial experience.
  • A minimum proficiency in mathematics to become familiar with the concepts of decibel calculations, and Fourier series/frequency spectrum energy plots.
  • A minimum of four years working in flight simulation.
  • Ability to read electrical wiring diagrams, system architecture schematics and similar.
  • Familiarity with simple acoustical principles, and phenomena (diffraction, standing wave theory, etc.).

The course includes hands-on experience with models and at the conclusion of the course each participant will be assessed and given a proficiency certification as follows:

Level 1: Attended - Completed the course proficiency not assessed.

Level 2: Basic Knowledge - Demonstrated the ability to make basic changes to an existing aural cue model, add sound recordings, tune cues within the scope of an existing model structure.

Level 3: Intermediate Knowledge - Demonstrated the ability to modify a legacy aural cue model create new model segments, tune to SME comments.

Level 4: Expert - Demonstrated the ability to analyze aircraft data, create a blank-sheet aural cue model, construct an ICD, conduct Level D tuning and obtain Level D certification. (This level requires a minimum of ASTi's 2 week Developers course plus a minimum of 40 hours technical support for an actual certification. Alternatively, this can be regarded as an ACE conversion course for an engineer with prior experience of Level D certification tuning and certification.)

To obtain maximum benefit from the course we would strongly recommend that the customer plan to have the designated students participate in the site-survey with ASTi. Unless the specific individuals are allocated to this program from the ground-up, it is unlikely that they will understand all the issues that can and will affect end-result, come the day of acceptance/certification testing.

The training certification may also apply to engineers working on simulators targeting both non-formal Level D equivalent performance, and devices designed for certification to lower performance levels (for example Level B/C).