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Feb-2009 FSETA Update Bulletin UB-140209-001

Date:  14-Feb-2009
Author:  Matthew Heron
Source:  FSETA







Simulation Industry


14th February 2009


General Update





Since the launch of FSETA at the 2008 FSEMC in Utah there has been over 100 completed surveys and climbing daily from all over the world. Significant data on the current education, age and skill demographics within the simulation industry has been recorded and will be presented to the industry at FSEMC 2009.


The FSETA has delivered presentations at EATS, Vienna and RAeS London in November 2008. The FSETA also received invitations to present at the Asia AET Summit, Beijing in December and WATS Florida in April 2009. The next presentation will be at the Military Training Symposium, Abu Dhabi, in May 2009.


The feedback from surveys, meetings, presentations and emails received to date from various segments of the industry is very favorable to the concept of a single independent accrediting body and that this type of global association is well overdue for the simulation industry.


The trial accreditation is scheduled to commence at the end of March 2009. The FSETA is performing a significant upgrade to its website platform to accommodate online accreditation and membership areas as well as ensuring the security of personal data and adding an online payment facility for membership and accreditation fees.


Based on the feedback from operational centers, surveys and leaders in the simulation industry there have been two (2) changes in how the FSETA will accredit technical staff. The first is the development of eight (8) ‘Technical Levels’ and three (3) ‘Management Levels’. The Technical Levels were chosen as opposed to defining what a technician or engineer level in this industry should be. The levels will take into consideration the individual’s current employment position, education level attained, time spent within the industry and learned skills rather than label members as either a ‘Simulation Technician’ or ‘Simulation Engineer’. This change is a significant advancement that will ensure FSETA recognition and acceptance in all regions of the world.


The second change is to identify specialisation categories within the various levels, such as those who are highly experienced in visuals, motion, software areas etc. These specialisations will be a sub-category to the primary level where, in some cases, individuals with significant experience will hold more than one sub-category. The result of these two (2) changes will now include all simulation industry technicians and engineers irrespective of country, employer, specialty, device manufacturer and local labour laws or employment regulations.


The FSETA has also received reports of pressure on some organisations from local regulators to provide training records for their staff. This is something the FSETA believe will be a common request in the future and more so for organisations aiming for self-certification and the development of internal quality systems. The FSETA is designed to independently assist organisations in assessing their technical staff for accreditation to meet these challenges as well as providing a framework for internal training requirements. The FSETA is now in negotiations with several training centers ready to begin accreditations when the FSETA is fully operational. 


The FSETA has an exciting year ahead and we look forward to presenting the results of the trial and further developments at FSEMC 2009, Cairo, in October 2009.




Matthew Heron

Flight Simulation Engineer & Technician Association

PO Box 29509, Dubai

United Arab Emirates


Phone: +971 50 4571060

Fax: +971 4 3663446

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