Subcommittees & Working Groups

FSEMC

    About the FSEMC

    The Flight Simulation Engineering and Maintenance Committee (FSEMC) provides cost effective solutions to simulator operational and maintenance problems through the widely respected international Flight Simulator Engineering and Maintenance Committee Conference and establishes technical standards that increase simulator readiness and reduce operational costs.

    Attended by more than 300 flight simulator experts from around the world, the annual conference identifies technical solutions to engineering and maintenance issues resulting in immediate and long-term savings and increased efficiency for simulator users.

    Mission Statement

    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.

    Scope

    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 information.

    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 activities.

    The FSEMC Conference

    The FSEMC Conference, 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

    Electrical Power 
    Host Computer and Peripherals
    Interface
    Instructor Station
    Support Infrastructure (Facilities)
    Miscellaneous

    ATA Chapter 116 - Flight Simulator Cueing Systems

    Motion and Control Loading
    Visual
    Sound
    Smoke
    Avionics

    General

    Data and Simulation 
    Tools and Test Equipment
    Standards/ Training
    Regulatory
    Product Support
    *Other Training Devices 
    Miscellaneous

    *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 FSEMC Conferences, 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 questions?
    • 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?

    Governing Documents

    The activities of the FSEMC are led by the FSEMC Steering Committee in accordance with the Terms of Reference approved by approved by SAE ITC. The ARINC Standards Development Document specifies the procedures used to develop voluntary consensus-based ARINC Standards.

    ARINC Standards Development Document and Intellectual Property Policies

    The development, adoption, and publication of ARINC Standards is governed by the ARINC Standards Development Document (ASDD). Attachments to the ASDD cover the various policies dealing with intellectual property rights, including the patent and copyright policies.