It is surprising how many different vendors exist in the flight department training arena–companies that offer diverse, high-quality programs unknown to the majority of corporate flight department managers.
FlightSafety International is scheduled to deliver the first simulator for the Piaggio Avanti to its West Palm Beach, Fla. facility next September. FlightSafety said this simulator will represent the new Avanti II, the planned successor to the basic model featuring more powerful PT6 engines, Collins Pro Line 21 avionics and an increased mtow.
Hydraulic-powered motion systems will be replaced by electromechanical systems in new simulators from FlightSafety International starting late next year. A Gulfstream V simulator at FSI’s Long Beach, Calif. facility, slated for FAA approval in early 2006, will be one of the first devices to be equipped with the electric motion system.
In the single largest training agreement in its history, Dallas-based CAE SimuFlite will soon start training all 900-plus pilots of Flight Options, the second-largest fractional aircraft ownership operation in the world. The exclusive three-year agreement, with an option for two more years, is valued at about $28 million and is effective starting this month.
In his annual letter to shareholders published early last month, investment mogul Warren Buffett said earnings improved last year at Berkshire Hathaway’s flight services division, which includes FlightSafety International (FSI) and NetJets. Last year the unit saw its pre-tax profits rise to $191 million on revenues of $3.24 billion, up substantially from the previous year’s $72 million profit on revenues of $2.43 billion.
In late 1995, around the time of the highly publicized crash of an American Airlines Boeing 757 on approach to Cali, Colombia, Dassault launched a research and development program aimed at applying the most advanced avionics technologies then available to a radically different kind of cockpit.
“What gets me through an airshow is trust,” Michael George Goulian, Air BP’s Castrol Aviator and champion aerobatics pilot, said in his keynote address at the Professional Aviation Maintenance Association (PAMA) Awards Breakfast.
Several of FlightSafety International’s facilities in Europe, Canada and South America have received approval from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to provide a fingerprinting service for foreign pilot flight-training candidates. A number of U.S.-based FSI facilities also have this approval. After an approved non-U.S.
FlightSafety International has received Part 147 certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) for its aircraft maintenance technician training programs. FlightSafety’s technician training resources cover the entire business aviation spectrum as well as regional airline operations and a number of military aircraft types.
Kerry Trosper was named general manager for Landmark Aviation’s Wichita Falls, Texas FBO. He was most recently line service manager at Kerrville Aviation in Kerrville, Texas. James Wilson was named general manager of the Dulles, Va. location. He was previously sales manager for Landmark Aviation’s charter and management business.