Sikorsky Helitech OK’d for FSI Mx Training

 - August 17, 2011, 10:50 AM

FlightSafety International (FSI) has named Sikorsky Helitech of Brisbane, Australia, an approved maintenance training center to provide training for Pratt & Whitney Canada engines in Australasia. FSI will provide training courseware, a graphical flight simulator and other training aids. Sikorsky Helitech instructors will be FlightSafety trained and qualified and will begin with an initial offering of 16 courses per year for Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6B, PT6C, PT6T and PW206/207 series engines. Courses for the new 1,000-shp PW210 will be available in the fourth quarter. Mike Lee, director of maintenance training business development, told AIN, “This is our first third-party operator and [the arrangement] is unique for us at this point. The instructors at Helitech are certifying as FSI instructors and will be listed under all our authorities. Helitech has really great facilities and instructors, so it made sense to work a cooperative deal with them as opposed to building our own facility. They are familiar with the market and have had P&W training in the past. This paradigm is possible for the future and opportunities will be evaluated as they arise.”

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