FlightSafety International (FSI) comes to this year’s NBAA convention highlighting a string of accomplishments, including a new partnership with Embraer, a training agreement with Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC), its expansion of helicopter training programs and news of an enhanced product that allows trainees to “fly” virtual airplane missions during classroom training.
The National Business Aviation Association presents Pilot Flying Safety awards each year to the member company pilots who have exemplary safety records. To be eligible for an award, a pilot must have flown corporate aircraft 1,500 hours without an accident, but the actual number of safe hours flown by many of the 2009 top pilots are above 20,000 hours, and the greatest number, 30,849 hours, were logged by T.
Just when we might have thought that flight simulators are about as “leading edge” as they can get, it turns out that the engineers have been busy developing new concepts.
Adding to its portfolio of OEM maintenance training partnerships, FlightSafety International announced it will be teaming with Cessna and Pratt & Whitney Canada to provide maintenance instruction programs.
Randy Groom, formerly president of Hawker Beechcraft’s global customer service and support and its Beechcraft division and founder of general aviation consultancy Groom Aviation, was named executive v-p of sales, marketing and customer support at Piper Aircraft.
Pratt & Whitney Canada last month announced it had entered a long-term agreement with FlightSafety International to provide worldwide maintenance training for P&WC’s customers and employees across its full line of products.
FlightSafety International will build a training center in Wichita, Kan. to support the new MX Advantage maintenance training program it has developed in conjunction with Cessna. The 65,000-sq-ft building will be located adjacent to the Cessna Aircraft facility. Construction is scheduled to begin later this year and expected to be completed by the end of next year.
FlightSafety International (Booth No. 1643) plans to begin offering Dassault Falcon 7X training at its Dallas/Fort Worth Learning Center, starting in January 2011.
The syllabus will include comprehensive training programs, full-flight simulator time and the Matrix integrated system. It will offer an enhanced flight visual system, head-up guidance, emergency vision assurance and electronic flight bag.
Despite the economic downturn that has dampened the aircraft delivery schedules for most airframers over the past year, FlightSafety International’s two European training centers remain busy. “The overall trend we’ve seen is growth outside North America, and that is certainly the case in Europe,” Eric Hinson, FSI’s executive vice president told AIN.
A long-term collaboration agreement has been announced between Pratt & Whitney Canada and FlightSafety International to expand the engine company’s global training network capability. “The global expansion of our training capabilities network is another way in which we are working to anticipate the needs of our global customer base,” said Raffaele Virgili, P&WC vice president for customer service.