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FAQ Index

Who's getting an FSETA Accreditation?

What FSETA Accreditation Level could I be awarded?

History of the FSETA

The effects of the FSETA on the Flight Simulation Industry (FSI)

FSETA Committee

FSETA Branches


Membership and Accreditation 


Training and Simulation

Associations with other organisations 


Newsletters and Bulletins





Data Security


Who's getting an FSETA Accreditation?
The FSETA has issued Group Membership Codes to flight simulator technical personnel employed within the following organisations:

Air India

Jakarta Aviation Training Center

Airbus Americas


Allied Wings

Kingfisher Airlines

American Airlines

LB&B Associates Inc. 

Arinc - FSEMC

Lockheed Martin Florida



Bell Helicopter Customer Training

Meditor Unipessoal LDA 



Boeing Defense UK

Oxford Aviation Academy

Boeing Training and Flight Services

Q4 Services

Bosch Rexroth Canada


Bristow Helicopters Aberdeen

Quadrant Systems

British Airways

Raytheon Australia

CAE Madrid

Rockwell Collins

CAE Malaysia

Saudi Arabian Airlines

CAE Montreal

Self Employed Consultants

CAE Orlando


CAE Simulation Technologies Bangalore

South African Airways

Cargolux Airlines

Southwest Airlines

Clark Aviation Flight Training

Spring Airlines Shanghai

Computer Sciences Corporation Georgia

SriLankan Airlines

Computer Sciences Corporation Texas

THALES Australia

Continental Airlines

THALES Malaysia

Delta Airlines


Dynamic Aviation

TOBB Economy and Technology University


TriRAD Technologies

Emirates CAE Flight Training

United Airlines

Ethiopian Airlines

United Parcel Service

ETOPS Aviation Services

United States Air Force Altus AFB

FedEx Express

United States Air Force Langley AFB

Finnish Aviation Academy

United States Air Force Scott AFB

Flight Training Europe

US Airways

FlightSafety International Broken Arrow

Virtual Flight Academy

FlightSafety International Dallas

Warrior Training Alliance

FlightSafety International Exeter


Georgia Institute of Technology

GMC Simulation Services Ltd 

Gulfstream Aerospace

History of the FSETA

Q1. Who started the FSETA?
A1. The FSETA was started by Antonio Pineda and Matthew Heron both flight simulator engineers employed with Emirates Airline.

Q2. When did the FSETA officially launch?
A2. The FSETA was officially launched at the FSEMC conference in
Utah on 16th Sep 2008

Q3. What is the Association status of the FSETA?
A3. The FSETA is run as a ‘not-for-profit’ Association governed by Rules in accordance with the Associations Incorporation Act 1987, of
Western Australia

Q4. Does the simulation industry need the FSETA?
A4. The FSETA believes the simulation industry needed a representative body for the members of the Flight Simulation Industry (FSI) to provide an Accreditation scheme to recognise their academic and simulation training as well as their experience within the FSTD Operation and Maintenance Environment

Q5. Who do you represent?
A5. The FSETA represents those who choose to become Members of the FSETA.

Q6. What gives you the right to represent the members of the Flight Simulation Industry (FSI)?
A6. The FSETA does not assume the right to represent the flight simulation industry however the FSETA does assume the responsibility to provide a respected means for those within the flight simulation industry and Accredited by the FSETA to be professionally represented at major international conferences, committees and meetings where decisions are being made that will directly impact those employed within the flight simulation industry.

Q7. Are you a
Q7. No.

Q8. Are you independent?
A8. The FSETA is an independently operated association that is run by flight simulation engineers and technicians for the benefit of its members. The FSETA is not governed or controlled by FSTD manufacturers or operators.

Q9. Where can I get a copy of the Rules?
A9. The Rules can be viewed in the ‘Documentation’ section of the website. 

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The effects of the FSETA on the Flight Simulation Industry (FSI)

Q1. Will the FSETA cause the cost of FSTD manufacturing to increase?
A1. Only if the FSTD manufacturers and suppliers who choose to accredit their workforce pass these costs onto the end user. The actual cost of membership and accreditation is quite insignificant compared to the day to day operating costs of most manufacturers.

Q2. What savings with the FSETA bring to the flight simulation industry?
A2. This will bring savings through the initial hiring phase as well as ongoing training development due to the clear training structure accredited members will be required to follow to develop their skills.

Q3. Will being a member or having an accreditation entitle me to a pay rise?
A3. An FSETA Accreditation will not 'entitle' you to a pay rise, however as the accreditation scheme phases into the flight simulation industry, those who hold an FSETA Accreditation will provide their employer with a very clear guide as to their level of experience and value.

Q4. Will being a member or having an accreditation entitle me to a promotion?
A4. An FSETA Accreditation will not 'entitle' you to a promotion, however as the accreditation scheme phases into the flight simulation industry, those who hold an FSETA Accreditation may be recognised by their management as being committed to a long term career within the flight simulation industry.

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FSETA Committee

Q1. How can I get on the committee?
A1. Any Accredited member can be elected onto the committee. The guidelines for this are covered in the Rules found in the ‘Documentation’ section of the website. 

Q2. Will there by an AGM each year and where will it be held?
A2. There will be an AGM each year. Initially it will coincide with the FSEMC conference.

Q3. Can I get a job with the FSETA?
A3. No.

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FSETA Branches

Q1. If I want to start a new branch of the FSETA in my own country or region, how do I do this?
A1. It is the intention of the FSETA to establish 3 regional governing bodies to cover the following:
Europe, Africa and the Middle East

c. Central, South East Asia, Australia and
New Zealand

Currently the FSETA headquarters is based in 
Dubai, United Arab Emirates (Europe, Africa, and Middle East
region). Over the next few years the FSETA will look to open branches in the other two regions as membership increases to support the expansion.

Q2. Who can start another branch of the FSETA?
A2. An Accredited member, who has served on the committee for at least 12 months, can start a new branch of the FSETA.

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Q1. Where are the Rules of the FSETA?
A1. The Rules can be viewed in the ‘Documentation’ section of the website.

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Membership and Accreditation

Q1. Does my employer have to know that I am a member and accredited?
A1. You do not need to notify your employer if you wish to join as a self sponsored member however you do require your manager’s signature on the accreditation application form. If there is a specific reason for not wanting to advise your manager please contact the FSETA directly to discuss the situation.

Q2. What if I wish to get an accreditation but do not want my current employer to know?
A2. Please contact the FSETA directly to discuss the situation.

Q3. If I made an error in my accreditation information supplied how could I rectify this error?
A3. If you advise the FSETA of the error it can be rectified quite easily. However there may be fees associated with changes requiring a re-issue of new accreditation documentation.

Q4. If I know an applicant had given false information to gain a higher accreditation how would I notify the FSETA about this and what would be the consequences?
A4. If you know an applicant has deliberately given false information please encourage that individual to correct the error of their own volition.

Q5. What happens to a member who deliberately falsifies documents to obtain a higher accreditation than otherwise earned?
A5. They will be given the opportunity to present their case against membership and accreditation termination as per the Bylaws. If a member is found to have knowingly and deliberately falsified documentation then their membership and accreditation will be terminated without any refund. The Manager or supervisor who signed off on their accreditation application will be notified as per the Bylaws.

Q6. If a manager has signed an accreditation application knowing a member has deliberately falsified documents and it is discovered by the FSETA what happens.
A6. The manager will be given the opportunity to present their case to the FSETA Accreditation Committee. If they are found to have authorised the application of an applicant knowing documentation has been falsified then both will have membership and accreditation cancelled without refund. Also any member who has had an accreditation authorised by the offending manager will have their membership and accreditation reviewed.

All decisions made by the FSETA Accreditation Committee in this regard are final.

Q7. If after I get accredited and do not pay my membership renewal fees what happens to my accreditation and membership?
A7. Please refer to the Membership and Accreditation document. 

Q8. I have a good reputation in this industry so why would I bother with becoming a member and getting accredited?
A8. Reputation is very important in any industry and the flight simulation industry is no different. The importance of technical currency with simulation technology is playing a larger part. Having membership and accreditation will assist in maintaining currency and also guide you in training to further progress your career. Currency was one area the regulators were concerned about during our discussions.

As the majority of simulator engineers and technicians are over 45 years of age and many are leaving the industry or retiring your reputation is valid with a smaller pool of individuals. Gaining an accreditation will demonstrate your commitment to the flight simulation industry and enhance your reputation further.

Q9. My employer is providing an accreditation for me so why would I want one from the FSETA?
A9. The FSETA would welcome and encourage employers to internally accredit their technical staff but what weight will it carry within the industry or when an employee decided to move to another employer or perhaps another country after a job loss or when looking for greater experience and opportunities? The accreditation supplied by the FSETA is independent of employer, manufacturer, regulator, region or country and provides you with an international Accreditation within the flight simulation industry.

Q10. What makes the FSETA qualified to accredit others in the industry?
A10. The FSETA does not assume the right to accredit the flight simulation industry however; the FSETA does accept the responsibility to facilitate this process in a professional, independent and trusted manner.

An FSETA accreditation is an assessment by your accredited flight simulation industry peers who have had extensive industry experience, keep in touch with industry developments and trends and provide members with a trusted source of information to develop their careers.

Q11. I am accredited with an engineering association already so why would I want to have the FSETA accreditation?
A11. The FSETA is an international representative body that has a significant understanding and commitment to the flight simulation industry. The FSETA has not located any other group who will represent the flight simulation industry technical personnel at the international level.

There are regional groups who provide simulation certification/accreditation and the FSETA has been in touch with those to offer the FSETA Accreditation to their existing accredited/certified members.

Q12. What do I need to do to be upgraded once initially accredited?
A12. Please refer to the Membership and Accreditation document. 

Q13. Can I get accreditation if I am not currently employed in the flight simulation industry?
A13. Yes, but that will also depend on how long you have been out of the flight simulation industry. The FSETA Accreditation committee will review each application on a case by case basis.

Q14. How long is membership valid for?
A14. 3 years.

Q15. How long is accreditation valid for?
A15. 3 years.

Q16. Is this open to union or non union membership?
A16. The FSETA recognises engineers and technicians globally within the flight simulation industry irrespective of local workplace regulations. It makes no difference to the FSETA or your Accreditation application whether you are a union or non-union member.

Q17. If I was employed in the flight simulation industry a few years ago and wish to come back how do I get recognition of previous experience?
A17. The FSETA is currently offering Accreditation under a ‘Grandfather Rights’ period for previous and current simulation engineers or technicians. Applicants who have left the flight simulation industry and do not apply for accreditation during the Grandfather Rights period will receive an accreditation but all required training not previously covered will need to be completed before an upgrade can be awarded.

Q18. If I disagree with my Accreditation or Specialisation/s awarded how do I get it revised?
A18. Please contact the FSETA directly if this applies.

Q19. What happens if I am currently employed above or below my FSETA accreditation level?
A19. Your FSETA Accreditation is an independent review of your experience, academic history and simulation training. It has no bearing on your current employment title. 

Q20. Is it compulsory to join the FSETA?
A20. No but highly recommended, especially during the 'Grandfather Rights' period.

Q21. What proof of accreditation will I receive?
A21. You will receive an FSETA Identification Card and Certificate as detailed in the Membership and Accreditation document.

Q22. How does a company become accredited?
A22. A company cannot be accredited however when all their technical personnel become accredited the FSETA will issue a certificate for the company to display if requested.

Q23. I work in the military. Can I get an accreditation also?
A23. The FSETA recognises engineers and technicians globally within the flight simulation industry irrespective of their working environment or employer. It makes no difference to the FSETA whether you work in the military or civilian flight simulation.

Q24. Does the FSETA recognise security clearance levels?
A24. The FSETA does not request information on security clearance levels during membership or accreditation. You are able to enter this information within the member’s area at a later date if you wish but security clearance is generally the responsibility of your current or future employer and their area of operation and security clearance guidelines.

Q25. Do I need first aid training?
A25. The FSETA requires you to be current in first aid with a refresher course every 3 years. The simulation industry can be a hazardous workplace and proper training can save your own or a colleague’s life. Not having current first aid training will not prevent initial accreditation however it will prevent an accreditation upgrade in the future. The first aid refresher can be an online or classroom based course.

Q26. Do I need to speak English?
A26. Not having proof of English proficiency will not prevent Accreditation; however the FSETA does have an English proficiency requirement for Accreditation Upgrades to Level 5 and above. Please refer to the Membership and Accreditation document.

Q27. What are ‘Grandfather Rights’ and how does this apply to the FSETA?
A27. Please refer to the Membership and Accreditation document. 

Q28. Can my employer cover the cost of membership and accreditation?
A28. Yes your employer can sponsor you Membership and Accreditation. If your employer sponsors your Accreditation they will be entitled to view your FSETA Technical Logbook through a Corporate Login.

Q29. Can I or my company get a discount?
A29. The FSETA have a set fee structure to cover the operating costs of the Association. This fee is extremely low and currently set at US$175 for 3 years including a free Accreditation valid for 3 years. This does not allow for further discounts.

Q30. How do I get a copy of my accreditation records?
A30. Once you are a member you have access to the 'Members Access' box you can view your initial FSETA Accreditation and FSETA Technical Logbook.

Q31. If I no longer wish to be a member of the FSETA how will I notify the FSETA?
A31. A membership termination form is required to be filled out and sent to the FSETA. Please refer to the Membership and Accreditation document.

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Q1. Why are the fees set at the current levels for membership and accreditation?
A2. The fee structure is determined at the current levels based on a business plan to ensure the FSETA continues to provide services for its members. If in the future it is determined that fees can drop due to lower operating costs or increased revenue from other sources all members will be notified accordingly. An increase in fees may occur due to higher operating costs but implementation of the higher fee will require the acceptance of voting members as per the Rules.

Q2. What do my membership and accreditation fees go toward?
A2. They go toward operating costs as well as initial and ongoing development costs of the website These expenses are documented in the Rules and made available to Members at the end of the reporting period, June 30th.

Q3. How do I pay fees?
A3. Fees are paid on-line thru the website These expenses are documented in the Rules and made available to Members at the end of the reporting period, June 30th.

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Training and Simulation

Q1. Will the FSETA make training available?
A1. Yes. There is an 'FSTD Operation and Maintenance Engineering Certificate' program available to accredited technical members. This course is at additional cost to Members.

Q2. Is the FSETA going to develop courses?
A2. The first 2 modules in the 'FSTD Operation and Maintenance Engineering Certificate' are developed by the FSETA.

Q3. Is the FSETA going to build simulators?
A3. No

Q4. Can I provide training courses to sell online thru the FSETA?
A4. The FSETA will encourage the flight simulation industry to supply most of the relevant training courses however there will also be scope for accredited members to upload training courses for members to do.

These courses could be free or on a fee basis depending on the subject matter and complexity. If a course is determined to have significant content and is examinable through the FSETA, then the FSETA will remunerate the course developer accordingly.

Q5. Can a training provider become accredited by the FSETA?
A5. Training providers cannot become accredited but the courses they provide can be assessed for suitability toward accreditation and become recognised by the FSETA. Only specific courses that are relevant to the flight simulation industry will be credited toward accreditation upgrades.

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Associations with other organisations

Q1. Are you a member of any other associations or business groups?
A1. No.

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Q1. Does the FSETA accept sponsorship from companies?
A1. The FSETA does accept sponsorship from companies or other organisations that might gain from an association with the FSETA. If you wish to Sponsor the FSETA please contact us at

Q2. Does the FSETA sponsor anyone or other organisations?
A2. At this stage in the development the FSETA does not sponsor any individual, group, company or organisation.

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Newsletters and Bulletins

Q1. What form of communication will there be from the FSETA?
A1. The FSETA will aim to provide a regular ‘FSETA Newsletter’ updating the technical personnel on flight simulation industry business relevant to them. The FSETA is also present on LinkedIn where members can pose questions directly to the FSETA in a professional environment.

Q2. How can I contribute to newsletters?
A2. Please visit the Contact Us page and send an email with any ideas you might have. The FSETA would welcome input from all segments of the flight simulation industry. Topics could be technical papers or concerns that members within the flight simulation industry would like to get official flight simulation industry feedback on will also be considered.

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Q1. My company would like to advertise on your website. How do we do that and what is the cost?
A1. Please contact the FSETA at Each request will be on a case by case arrangement.

Q2. What type of brand advertising is accepted?
A2. Logos and banners which are static in nature.

Q3. Will the FSETA pay for advertising?
A3. The FSETA will pay for advertising only if in the interest of the Association it is seen as appropriate and sensible. The strength of the FSETA is in word of mouth and delivering credible solutions and services to the flight simulation industry.

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Q1. Have the aviation regulatory authorities recognised the FSETA?
A1. The FSETA has approached the regulatory authorities and at this point they cannot publicly comment on the FSETA. This however does not mean it is not warranted or encouraged by the regulators. In discussions with several regulatory authorities the establishment of the FSETA is welcomed and seen as an excellent step forward in the flight simulation industry for its members and the companies they work for.

The regulatory authorities are being updated with the FSETA progress.

Q2. Who will recognise my accreditation?
A2. It is the aim of the FSETA that employers within the flight simulation industry will consider an engineer or technician with an FSETA accreditation to be a significant asset to their organisation as they have been assessed by their peers to be skilled up to an international benchmark and have a training plan in place to continue their learning and currency within the industry.

Q3. Will there be awards given each year?
A3. At this stage there are no plans for an award however if the FSETA recognises the significant effort on the part of some members or organisations toward gaining accreditation upgrades or specific contributions to the simulation industry an award of some kind may be warranted. This will be in accordance with the association Rules. 

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Q1. Will the FSETA act as a recruitment company?
A1. No. The FSETA is not a recruitment organisation however the FSETA Accreditation process does provide a valuable recruitment service for recruiters or employers.

Q2. Will the FSETA receive revenue from recruitment companies?
A2. The FSETA may receive revenue from recruitment companies in the form of advertising fees or commission for successful placements however any company that is an Associate Member of the FSETA may advertise their positions on the FSETA website without charge. Any revenues received by the FSETA will be for the benefit of its members and services provided for members in accordance with the association Rules

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Q1. Will you present questions to the FSEMC on behalf of members?
A1. The FSETA aims to have two representatives from the Committee present at each FSEMC meeting to represent the members and ask questions relevant to technical personnel within the flight simulation industry.

Q2. Will the FSETA represent me in labour disputes with my employer?
A2. No. Please refer to the Membership and Accreditation document for further information on this topic.

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Data Security

Q1. How will the FSETA protect my personal information?
A1. The FSETA website is on a secure server and data is backed up regularly. Any purchase made thru the ‘FSETA Store’ on the website is thru a 3rd party encrypted site.

Q2. Will you distribute my personal details to 3rd parties?
A2. The FSETA will not distribute your personal details to any other party unless written authorisation is submitted to do so by the member who’s details are requested. Further details of this can be found in the Association Rules.

Q3. What data will the FSETA provide 3rd parties?
A3. The FSETA will only provide general information or survey data to 3rd parties to highlight FSI trends and practices as per the Association Rules.

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