The business aviation industry lost a visionary leader yesterday evening, October 18, when Albert Ueltschi, founder and chairman emeritus of industry training provider FlightSafety International, died peacefully at his home in Vero Beach, Fla. at the age of 95. Growing up during the Great Depression in rural Kentucky in a family of modest means, he was bitten by the flying bug early on and decided to become a pilot.
FlightSafety International’s Bombardier Global 5000/6000 simulator its Learning Center in Columbus, Ohio, received FAA and EASA level-D qualification, a company spokesman told AIN. While the sim was installed primarily to train pilots at FlightSafety sister company NetJets, Global training will be available to all customers. Meanwhile, FlightSafety’s Embraer Phenom 300 sim is scheduled to be completed and qualified by year-end at the Columbus facility, though it will be used only for NetJets pilot training in the light jet.
FlightSafety International began customer pilot training for the Gulfstream G650 yesterday at its Savannah Gulfstream Learning Center, just three days after the aircraft received FAA type certification. There are 16 pilots enrolled in the first class, which is expected to last 3.5 weeks and will be supported by two FAA-approved full-motion simulators, four graphical flight simulators (GFS) and 14 pilot instructors.
FlightSafety International recently introduced its Proficiency Protection Program offering training at no cost to pilots and maintenance technicians in Europe and around the world who are involuntarily unemployed. The company will provide, at no cost, recurrent training courses to business aircraft pilots who were training under a full-service contract at the time they lost their jobs.
In addition, maintenance technicians who were enrolled in FSI’s master technician program can finish the next course toward the completion of the program.
Saudi Arabia-based Nexus Flight Operations Services formed a new partnership with U.S.-based customer service experts ServiceElements International (SEI) to expand its training programs in the Middle East and Africa. Under the partnership, the companies will offer training courses in organizational resource management and other related topics which focus on the human elements and issues within the aviation and aerospace industries.
Crewmembers can now complete their initial and recurrent training requirements for both first aid and emergency procedures through new bundled offerings from MedAire and FlightSafety International. Under the new program, crewmembers can schedule, attend and complete required emergency preparedness training offered by FlightSafety and MedAire at one location, reducing travel time and expenses.
FlightSafety International’s first Gulfstream G650 flight simulator, which is based at the company’s learning center in Savannah, has been qualified by the EASA. Evaluation and qualification of the G650 simulator by the FAA is scheduled to take place later this month and be completed before the start of customer training. A second G650 simulator will be installed in Savannah in a few weeks, and a third device will be added next year at a yet-to-be-determined location.
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.