The Flight Simulator Engineering and Maintenance Committee (FSEMC) has announced the 2019 award winners for its Edwin A. Link Award and the Roger S. Goldberg Award. The FSEMC provides cost effective solutions to simulator operational and maintenance problems through international conferences and establishes technical standards that increase simulator readiness and reduce operational costs.

Each year, the FSEMC encourages the contribution of ideas, leadership, and innovation by allowing individuals to be nominated for the Edwin A. Link Award and the Roger S. Goldberg Award prior to the annual FSEMC conference, which was recently held from October 21-24, 2019, in Utrecht, Netherlands.

Edwin A. Link Award Winner

The Edwin A. Link award recognizes one individual for outstanding personal achievement, intended to recognize an individual for technical knowledge, skills, and leadership in the flight simulation training industry. The award is named after Edwin Albert Link, who invented the Link Trainer flight simulator, starting the beginning of the flight simulation industry.

This year’s 2019 award has been presented to Mark Dransfield, an independent Flight Simulation and Training Device (FSTD) consultant based out of the United Kingdom.

Award Winners
Eric Fuilla-Weishaupt, Airbus (left), presents the Edwin A. Link Award to Mark Dransfield (right).

After a period working as an aerodynamics engineer with BAE Systems, Dransfield started his career in simulation when he joined the then Rediffusion Simulation Ltd. in Crawley, United Kingdom in 1989. For the next 12 years, he held various positions in the software engineering department and headed the updates group. In 2001, he left what was by then Thales, to join the UK CAA as a simulator standards manager, responsible for managing the regulatory oversight of all FSTD qualifications. 2004 saw him returning to Thales and taking up the position as the director programmes in Australia.

In 2007, he returned to the UK and took up the position of director strategy & marketing civil at Thales UK. During this time, he was responsible for the launch of the Thales Reality 7 devices.

In 2009, he left Thales and joined Mechtronix Systems Inc. as director regulatory affairs for TRU Simulation & Training (ATS). The candidate was responsible for regulatory liaison with TRU customers and worldwide regulatory authorities for FSTD qualifications and regulations. Later, he was the group managing director of the ETOPS group of companies that were acquired in Q1 2016 and integrated into TRU Simulation + Training.

What has set Dransfield apart is his tireless work on the regulations that govern the industry. He has participated in numerous FSEMC working groups over the years and been an advocate of the FSEMC’s role in our industry. In addition, he has held the role of chairman of both the RAeS Flight Simulation Group Committee (2011-2013), and of the IPTA Training Device Work Stream (TDWS) subcommittee (2015-June 2017) charged with the continuing oversight, amendment, and adoption of ICAO9625 Manual of Criteria for the Qualification of FSTDs. He continues to work with passion on making sure the FSEMC has regulations that ensure the highest standards for the industry.

Dransfield holds a Bachelor of Science (Honors) degree in Aeronautical Engineering from Queen Mary College, London University, United Kingdom, is a registered Chartered Engineer, and is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society.

Roger S. Goldberg Award Winner

The Roger S. Goldberg Award recognizes an individual in the FSEMC community who exhibits the characteristics of outstanding personal service and exemplifies the true heart and soul of FSEMC — an FSEMC Most Valuable Player (MVP). The award was named in honor of Roger Goldberg, who served as FSEMC Executive Secretary from the FSEMC’s inception in 1994 and strongly believed in the FSEMC as one of the greatest tools the flight simulation industry has to promote safety and integrity in the aviation business.

This year's Roger S. Goldberg Award has been presented to Mike Jackson, whose longstanding history of serving the FSEMC community set him apart as this year’s FSEMC MVP.

Award Winners
Eric Fuilla-Weishaupt, Airbus (left), presents the Roger S. Goldberg Award to Mike Jackson (right).

Jackson began his career at Bell Canada, working entry level positions in the communication field. He then moved on to work at CAE, taking various engineering and program management positions within CAE in the flight simulation industry. After 19 years, this candidate became a manager of Acquisitions and Programs at FedEx and remained in that position for almost 21 years. He is responsible for the Flight Simulator Engineering department, including the acquisition of all major and minor upgrades of simulators and training devices. He is also responsible for maintaining Federal Aviation Administration qualification on all FedEx’s devices.

Jackson was instrumental in the success of several FSEMC working groups. His work as chairman of the SimSoft Working Group resulted in the development of ARINC Report 610C: Guidance for the Design of Aircraft Equipment and Software for use in Training Devices. As chairman of the FSEMC Data Document (FDD) Working Group, he led the production of ARINC Specification 450: Flight Simulator Design and Performance Data Requirements. Jackson was also an active member of the FSEMC Steering Committee for 14 years, serving part of that long tenure as steering committee chairman. Even during conferences, this individual served the FSEMC as moderator, spotter, and camera operator.

When not volunteering his time at working groups, steering committee meetings, and the conference, he has worked tirelessly to recruit new members and promote the FSEMC to outside organizations.

Jackson holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical Engineering from McGill University.