SimCom To Buy 14 Aircraft Training Programs from FSI

 - August 11, 2011, 11:20 AM

“SimCom Training Centers confirms it is in discussion with FlightSafety International regarding the transition of some FlightSafety training programs to SimCom,” a SimCom spokeswoman told AIN yesterday. “When finalized, the deal will include 14 simulators, ranging in sophistication from advanced flight training devices for the piston-powered models to full-motion simulators for the turboprops. The negotiations are expected to be finalized in the near future, at which time a formal announcement will be made.” A FlightSafety spokesman also confirmed the ongoing negotiations between the two companies, echoing, “An announcement will be made once the agreement is finalized.” According to industry sources, SimCom is seeking to buy FSI’s programs and simulators for the Beechcraft King Air 90; Cessna pistons, from the P210 to 400 series; Piper Cheyenne and Navajo; Saab 2000; and Turbo Commander, among others. Observers believe these programs are only marginally profitable at FlightSafety and their sale will free up its simulator bays for more lucrative business jet training programs. The deal is expected close by the end of this month.