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The Flight Simulation Engineer and Technician Association (FSETA) has developed a single, common international scheme for accrediting civilian and military technical personnel involved at any level in the flight simulation industry and provide a means of progression through the defined Levels.

The FSETA initiative has come after many years of challenges experienced by the flight simulation industry. Employers and technical personnel at the international level have identified the difficulty in cross referencing technical skills and experience. The movement between civilian and military, international operators or initial entry of technical personnel into the industry are significant challenges.

Consultation was sought with technical personnel, regulators, manufacturers, commercial and military operators, as well as industry working group specialists. From these consultations the FSETA developed an Accreditation process that enables technical personnel to gain an international accreditation.

The structure of training requirements have been primarily developed around the ARINC 432 document released by the FSEMC in 1999 and revised again in 2008. The FSETA also considered existing regional accreditation/certification programs in North America, United Kingdom and Australia, in developing the FSETA Accreditation. The FSETA has also added more requirements in line with global industry groups such as the International Air Transport Association (IATA) to introduce English proficiency.


  • To position an FSETA Accreditation as the preferred independent source of recognition for technical personnel at the international level
  • To promote the appropriate skill levels for required roles and responsibilities of technical personnel
  • To ensure technical personnel who release FSTD’s for training or interact with aircrew are trained to provide the technical support required to manage training interruptions
  • To increase attention on keeping training records of technical personnel who perform the specialised maintenance roles
  • To provide a reference for evaluating and improving the quality of technical personnel
  • To highlight existing career paths and training for current technical personnel
  • To attract new entrants into the flight simulation industry

    The Membership and Accreditation document is now available for download and industry comment. Please visit our 'Documentation' page under 'Services'.

    The FSETA started a survey at FSEMC 2008 which ran for several months. There were 189 surveys received from 63 companies and 29 different nationalities. The results of the survey are available in the Services section under Documentation.

    FSETA Mission 

    FSETA is an independent non-profit organisation dedicated to providing standards and services for its members in the flight simulation maintenance industry. 


    FSETA Vision


    The vision of the FSETA is to:

    • Establish an identity with a global industry-recognised accreditation for the workforce.
    • Define career paths and establish criteria to adhere to a common recognised standard of best practice.
    • Explore and develop solutions for meeting and maintaining regulatory requirements.

    Code of Ethics

    FSETA strictly enforces a Code of Ethics to ensure members privacy and an equal opportunity environment.

    Founding Members

    The FSETA was founded by Matthew Heron and Antonio Pineda in 2008. Since that time both founding members held positions as FSETA Directors whilst performing Committee duties as Chairman and Treasurer.


    In November 2014 Antonio resigned as Director of Accreditations and Chairman of the FSETA to pursue other interests. Matthew is now the Managing Director of the FSETA.




    Matthew Heron, Australian
    Managing Director
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    Matthew has been in the aviation and flight simulation industry since January 1992, in both military and civilian maintenance op
    erations. After completing an Associate Diploma in Electronic Engineering and a Radio Technician course with the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) in 1991, he worked his way up to technical instructor on the F/A-18 Operational Flight Trainer at both Williamtown and Tindal Air Bases in Australia.

    After completing an avionics systems technician course in 1997 and graduating as sergeant, he went on to become the a
    vionics systems technician for 33SQN B707 (air-to-air refueling) aircraft maintenance at Richmond Air Base. Matthew participated in various military tours around the world as the avionics independent inspector on deployed aircraft before retiring from the RAAF in January, 1999.

    Matthew returned to flight simulation with CAE Australia at Richmond Air Base as a simulator technician while continuing to serve in the RAAF Reserves. He joined Emirates Airline in February 2000 as a flight simulator engineer until July 2015. He now lives on the east coast of Australia developing FSETA services for the flight simulation maintenance industry. 

    Throughout his career he has performed the roles of technical instructor, software controller, device caretaker, visual specialist, and project manager on flight simulator acceptance and relocation projects. He has also been involved with the CAA, FAA and JAA in initial and recurrent qualifications of both FFS and IPT devices and has completed the FSTD Evaluators Course approved by the JAA.



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