Nexus Flight Operations Services has announced a joint venture with U.S.-based customer service specialist ServiceElements International (SEI) to offer training courses in the Middle East and Africa. Courses will be conducted in organizational resource management and related topics focusing on the human elements and issues relating to customer service within the aviation industry.
Dennis Keith, president and owner of Jet Solutions, has been selected as chairman of the Air Charter Safety Foundation. He succeeds Jim Christiansen, whose term expires at the end of June.
JetFlite International reappointed Warren Hogan as its chief pilot. He joined the Long Beach, Calif.-based aircraft charter management firm in 2007 and subsequently became chief pilot, but later relinquished that position to fly as a lead captain on JFI Jets’ GV, logging more than 1,100 hours as a GV captain since 2009. Hogan, who has 32 years of professional aviation experience, has more than 11,000 hours total time. He previously worked for Flexjet, FlightSafety International, Martin Aviation and Petersen Aviation.
FlightSafety International announced yesterday that it is again offering its proficiency protection program for 2012. The program is intended to help laid-off business aircraft pilots and maintenance technicians maintain their proficiency by providing no-cost training.
To be eligible, pilots and technicians must have lost their jobs as a result of a staff reduction or job elimination that occurred after January 1 this year. In addition, they must have been training under a FlightSafety full-service contract at the time of the involuntary job loss.
Flight academies and schools throughout the world are going to fill much of the need for pilots, which is projected to grow rapidly in the coming decades. Boeing projects a need for 26,660 new pilots per year during the next 20 years.
CAE says that its Global Academy is the world’s largest flight academy system, with 11 locations worldwide where new pilots are trained ab initio (from the beginning). CAE Global Academy produces about 1,800 new pilots per year at facilities in India, Malaysia, Australia, Canada, the U.S., Europe and Africa.
China is facing a chronic shortage of pilots to fly its growing fleet of business aircraft. Moderating an ABACE show seminar on crew training in Shanghai yesterday, consultant Christopher Jackson said the current backlog of orders from China indicates a need for an additional 500 to 1,000 private aviation pilots. He said operators in China typically need a ratio of five pilots per aircraft.
Last month FlightSafety International and Gulfstream Aerospace opened a new learning center in Hong Kong to serve Asian operators of the G450 and G550 jets. Equipped with a G550 level-D-qualified full-flight simulator that is convertible to a G450, the new facility expects to provide 250 “training events” this year, according to David Davenport, manager of FlightSafety’s Savannah learning center, a key player in defining the Hong Kong facility and its responsible manager now that it is up and running.
FlightSafety International has promoted John Brasfield to manager of the Cessna Aircraft Maintenance Learning Center in Wichita. Brasfield has held a number of positions of increasing responsibility since joining FlightSafety in 1999 at its Hawker Beechcraft Learning Center in Wichita. He joined the company as an instructor, served as program manager for training on the Beechjet, Hawker 800XP and Hawker Horizon and then as director of programs. He most recently served as assistant manager of the Wichita Cessna Learning Center.
“A few years ago NetJets was my number-one worry–its costs were far out of line with revenues, and cash was hemorrhaging,” Warren Buffett, chairman of NetJets and FlightSafety International parent company Berkshire Hathaway, wrote in his latest annual letter to shareholders, released on Saturday. “These problems are now behind us,” with NetJets delivering $227 million in pre-tax earnings last year, up $20 million from 2010.
FlightSafety International and Gulfstream Aerospace celebrated the grand opening of the new Hong Kong Learning Center last week. The facility will initially offer training programs for the Gulfstream G450 and G550 using a new level-D qualified flight simulator and other training devices. The number of training events provided by FlightSafety in the Asia Pacific region to Gulfstream operators increased by 230 percent over the past five years.