To be recognized as the international authority on the Aviation Training Device industry. To enhance the safety and operational efficiency of aviation worldwide through the dissemination of engineering, maintenance, and associated technical information, including the development of consensus standards. To promote and advance the state of the art of the Aviation Training Device industry.
The FSEMC is an air transport industry activity organized by ARINC Industry Activities. The objectives of FSEMC are to promote reliability
and reduced operating cost in flight simulators by improving engineering,
maintenance, and support techniques through the exchange of technical
FSEMC includes users of flight and cabin simulators (dynamic
and static). Users include airlines, commuter airlines, and other
simulation users. Participants include airframe manufacturers, simulator manufacturers,
aircraft equipment suppliers, and simulator equipment suppliers.
The FSEMC consists of representatives from the technical leadership
of the air transport flight simulator engineering and maintenance
community (Operators), other companies whose primary involvement
with flight simulators is as users with significant engineering
and maintenance resources committed to the support of simulator
use (Other Users), organizations who support the above named groups
through provisions of materials or services (Suppliers), and other
interested organizations (Others). The voting membership of FSEMC Member Organizations who are present and registered at the annual conference.
FSEMC accomplishes its objectives through a number of activities
including an annual conference, steering committee meetings, task
group activities, and liaison with the AEEC and with other aviation or electronic industry
The FSEMC Meeting
The FSEMC, held annually every fall, provides simulator users
an opportunity to openly and collectively discuss simulator engineering
and maintenance questions. Prior to the meeting, simulator users
submit discussion items using the following categories:
ATA Chapter 115 - Flight Simulator Systems
Host Computer and Peripherals
Support Infrastructure (Facilities)
ATA Chapter 116 - Flight Simulator Cueing Systems
Motion and Control Loading
Data and Simulation
Tools and Test Equipment
*Other Training Devices
*Note: Examples include Computer Based Training, Maintenance
Training Simulators, Cockpit Procedure Trainers, Desk Top Trainers,
and Flight Nav Procedure Trainers.
Once the discussion items are received, the ARINC IA Staff forwards them
to the named equipment manufacturers. The discussion items will then
be prepared and form part of the FSEMC Program. Once the program
is complete, a copy is sent to all preregistered attendees or available for download from the FSEMC webpage.
During the meeting, a moderator presents each question for open
forum discussion. By design, simulator users have the first opportunity
to respond. This approach emphasizes that other simulator users
may also be experiencing the same problem. In some cases, another
simulator user may already have a solution to offer.
Next, the moderator calls for the manufacturers to respond. In
many cases, a solution is already available. If the solution is
acceptable, the question is closed. If the solution is not acceptable
or one is not yet available, the question is usually held open
and will be so noted in the report of the meeting.
To ensure that the final FSEMC Report presents an accurate record,
the meeting is recorded and the report prepared.
Upon adjournment of the meeting each day, manufacturer hospitality
suites will be open to begin the meeting after the meeting. Some
attendees consider this unlimited one-on-one access to manufacturers
in one location to be as valuable as the meeting itself.
For those who attended past FSEMCs, there should be little need
to urge your return. For those who are still not convinced, try
answering the following questions:
- Does your company have chronic simulator engineering and maintenance
- Would your company benefit from one-on-one access to a broad
cross-section of simulator equipment manufacturers and suppliers,
service organizations, airframe manufacturers, and other users
in one location?