Flight simulators are highly sophisticated, expensive equipment vital to training the next generation of pilots and keeping those already in the air flying. That’s why our work conducting an independent evaluation of this simulator was so valuable.

Airwork had previously been using a flight simulator in Melbourne, Australia to meet their training and currency requirements. However, due to the ongoing impacts of COVID-19, access to this specific location was no longer viable.

After investigating alternative training strategies, Airwork identified a Boeing 737 simulator in Auckland that had previously been owned by Air New Zealand as a good alternative. As this simulator had been moved to a new facility under a new operator, it required formal qualification by New Zealand’s Civil Aviation Authority (NZ CAA) before it could be used again.

Client discussions with NZ CAA identified that an independent review of the simulator by Beca would provide them with the evidence they need to issue training approval and give this 737 simulator a new lease on life.

That’s where our Simulation team went to work, conducting on-site evaluation to the stringent JAR-STD 1A international qualification standard in just 11 days. Beca reviewed its service history, maintenance/functional issues, compliance history, comparison against the real aircraft, qualification testing as well as a quality management system review.

A full report detailing all the information required to review the suitability of this simulator for flight training was prepared and Beca actively worked with the NZ CAA to seek the necessary approval. With this 737 simulator now operational once again, Airwork have saved themselves the costly and potentially risky task of conducting training in a real aircraft!


Simulator qualification level

20 years

Age of the flight simulator


Qualification tests reviewed

Our Team Says

We were able to quickly respond to the clients request and defined an evaluation approach that met all stakeholder needs. We then evaluated the simulator and delivered a report that has allowed Airwork to rapidly gain approval of the simulator, saving them costly aircraft operating hours and reducing their risk profile.

Sam Knight

Associate – Systems Engineering

Our Client Says

It was a pleasure working with the team at Beca. The process was clearly outlined at the initial meetings and executed as planned to return the favourable outcome.

Greg Chase

General Manager - Airwork Fixed Wing

Our People

Josh Thomas

Senior Engineer - Systems Engineering

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Principal - Systems Engineering

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Sam Knight

Senior Associate - Systems Engineering

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