Business aviation veteran Jim Christiansen joined FlightSafety International as vice president for international business development, where he will lead the training company’s efforts to increase the support it provides to customers who live outside the U.S.
Eric Hinson, most recently executive vice president of training provider FlightSafety International, has been named president of SimCom. The Fla.-based privately owned company has 56 simulators at its training centers in Glendale and Scottsdale, Ariz.; Dallas; and its Orlando, Fla. headquarters. SimCom is a factory-authorized training provider for various business aircraft, among them Cessna Citations, Hawkers, the Eclipse EA-500, Pilatus PC-12, Daher-Socata TBM, Mitsubishi MU-2 and Piper Meridian.
Gulfstream handed over the first fully outfitted G650 today to an undisclosed U.S. customer, fulfilling its promise that it would begin deliveries of the clean-sheet ultra-long-range twinjet by the end of the year.
“We’re thrilled to see the first G650 leave our hangar for a customer’s hangar,” said company president Larry Flynn. “Soon the G650 will be a common sight at airports around the world.”
Recently I was fortunate to experience something that is probably fairly ordinary for most corporate pilots, initial type rating training at a simulator training center. I had the opportunity to complete a Citation V type rating initial course at FlightSafety International’s Long Beach, Calif., learning center. And for a pilot who hasn’t spend much time in a two-pilot cockpit environment nor flying a jet, the experience was tremendously beneficial, illuminating and hugely enjoyable.
Rockwell Collins has named Robert Ortberg, formerly executive v-p and COO of the company’s government systems business, as president. He was succeeded by Philip Jasper, previously v-p of business development.
Gregg Slow, formerly senior v-p at NetJets, has been appointed as XOJet’s senior v-p of sales and national accounts.
Canadian MRO specialist Vector Aerospace Helicopter Services has named Chris McDowell, former v-p of sales and business development with Heli-One, as v-p of sales and marketing.
NetJets aircraft charter and management arm Executive Jet Management launched a new program that provides flight departments and aircraft owners with a “comprehensive suite” of services that offer cost savings on fuel and crew training and VIP access to FBOs.
Opening to a packed room at the NBAA Convention on Halloween eve is a feat in itself; to keep attendees’ attention for a full hour on such a busy day takes some meat. Sheryl Barden, president and CEO of Aviation Personnel International (API), moderated a panel of industry leaders who postulated their own theories for why we are currently forced to recruit aggressively to increase the pool of talented people from which to choose our next generation of aviators and aviation support staff throughout the world.
FlightSafety International’s Orlando Learning Center caters to the full range of Cessna Citation clients. Many return to the center for recurrent training while their aircraft undergo maintenance across the street at Cessna’s factory-owned and -operated regional service center.
FlightSafety International has released an eLearning version of its cold-weather operations course that runs on an iPad and on a standard Windows PC. The course covers both ground and in-flight icing, de-icing and anti-icing, including the latest 2012/2013 holdover timetables. The FlightSafety learning management system within the course tracks students’ progress and allows them to begin work on a PC and resume studying later from the same place in the program on an Apple iOS device.
The business aviation industry lost one of its visionary leaders when Albert Ueltschi, founder and chairman emeritus of training provider FlightSafety International died peacefully at his home in Vero Beach, Fla. on Oct. 18, 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. In pursuit of that dream, he ran a hamburger stand to fund his flying lessons and soloed at the age of 16.