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New RAeS Chairman wants closer ties with students

Mark Dransfield has been elected chairman of the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) Flight Simulation Group (FSG) committee – a body established specifically to help promote and advance the flight simulation industry on an international stage and drive regulatory and quality standards.

A Senior Director of Mechtronix, an MWC Company, Mark has worked in the aerospace sector for more than 30 years having originally represented Queen Mary College at London University as an undergraduate in Aeronautical Engineering on the RAeS Graduates and Students subcommittee.

Not surprisingly, therefore, he sees one of his principal objectives as being to further strengthen FSG ties with academia: “Aviation is on the brink of enormous growth and challenges to maintaining safety,” he says, “and as such it is vital that we encourage students to become more actively engaged with our industry.”

Mark also believes there is more work to be done around the adoption of an updated ICAO Standard for a complete suite of Flight Simulation Training Devices (FSTDs) pioneered through the FSG: “We must work towards the adoption by the regulatory authorities around the world of the work produced by the RAeS sponsored International Working Group (IWG) in ICAO doc9625 (edition three) requested by the US FAA that we started back in 2005,” he says.

“There is a considerable challenge to get this work formally accepted by the worldwide regulatory community in a sensible timescale so I hope to be able to use the authority and credibility of the RAeS to support the most timely adoption of this new standard.”

As chairman of the committee for the next two years, Mark will chair four major committee meetings and has a formal responsibility to oversee and coordinate the activities of the FSG on behalf of the RAeS in all its activities, reporting on progress of the group in delivering its mandate via a constitution that has been approved by the RAeS governing council.