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FlightSafety International announces that it has received approval from EASA for 49 of its practical maintenance training courses under Regulation 1149/2011 to date. All previously approved EASA practical maintenance training courses are to comply with agency’s Training Needs Analysis requirement no later than August 1, 2013.

“We are pleased that EASA has approved 49 of our practical maintenance training courses under Regulation 1149/2011 to date,” said Mike Lee, Director Maintenance Training Business Development. “Realizing this significant accomplishment in advance of EASA’s deadline, demonstrates our commitment and ability to provide our Customers with the highest quality training programs that are developed and delivered in accordance with the latest standards.”

The 49 practical maintenance training courses approved to date, are available for Pratt & Whitney Canada engines, and a wide variety of aircraft manufactured by Gulfstream, Cessna, Hawker, Beechcraft, and Sikorsky. The courses range from 2 to 10 days in duration, and compliment the over 140 EASA approved theoretical aircraft maintain training courses FlightSafety offers. They include Maintenance Initial courses (T1 Courses), Avionics Initial Courses (T2), Differences Courses that transition from one airframe to another, as well as T1 + T2 category.

The changes to FlightSafety’s remaining practical maintenance training courses have been completed and submitted to EASA for approval. FlightSafety expects to receive approval for these courses in advance of the August 1, 2013 deadline.

“Meeting the requirements of EASA’s Regulation 1149/2011 will help to further ensure that FlightSafety’s practical courses provide maintenance technicians with the information they require to maintain their aircraft efficiently and effectively,” added Mike Lee.

FlightSafety International announces that Nigel Warren has joined the company as Regional Sales Manager for Northern Europe.

“We are pleased that Nigel has joined FlightSafety as Regional Sales Manager for Northern Europe,” said Steve Gross, Vice President, Sales. “Nigel’s proven abilities, commitment to provide outstanding Customer service, and more than 20 years of experience in aviation, made him the ideal choice for this important role.”

Nigel will assist FlightSafety’s Customers in Northern Europe and the surrounding region, and work with those not currently training with the company to develop solutions tailored to their specific needs. He is based at FlightSafety’s Farnborough Learning Center.

He has a wealth of experience in sales, operations, customer support, and logistics management, in Europe and North America. Nigel joins FlightSafety from Jet Logistics Inc. of Raleigh, North Carolina, where he was flying a King Air 200 in a dedicated Air Ambulance role. His background also includes Sukhoi aerobatic aircraft sales for dealers in Europe & North America, and team manager of TEAM BONHOMME, Red Bull Air Racing World Champion in 2009 and 2010. In addition, Nigel spent seven years managing and flying a Dassault Falcon 200 aircraft for a corporate flight department based in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Nigel first learned to fly in South Africa and holds a current FAA Commercial Pilot Certificate. He earned Cessna Citation CE-500 and Dassault Falcon Jet type ratings, and has over 1,800 hours of flying experience.

He graduated from Shiplake College, Henley-on-Thames, and studied Business and Finance at Newcastle upon Tyne Polytechnic, in the North East of England.

FlightSafety International is pleased to announce that its first AgustaWestland AW139 full flight simulator has entered service at the company’s Learning Center in Lafayette, Louisiana. The first Initial Pilot course using this new Level D qualified simulator is now underway.

“We are pleased to announce the entry into service of FlightSafety’s first AgustaWestland AW139 full flight simulator,” said Greg McGowan, Senior Vice President Operations. “Adding the AW139 training program demonstrates our commitment and ability to serve the growing number of Emergency Medical Services, Law Enforcement, Offshore, Firefighting, and Search & Rescue operators who value and rely upon the high quality training we provide.”

The simulator is equipped with a Honeywell Primus Epic avionics suite configured for single and dual pilot operations. It features a four-axis autopilot, GPS with Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS) capabilities, a Traffic Collision Avoidance System (TCAS), and an Enhanced Ground Proximity Warning System (EGPWS).

It also features FlightSafety’s latest advances in technology. The VITAL X visual system displays highly realistic scenes optimized for a wide variety of mission-specific training scenarios and low level flight operations. It offers increased scene content, vastly improved weather features, and enhanced levels of detail for optimum cueing. The simulator is Night Vision Goggle qualified and equipped with a 220° x 60° field of view glass mirror display that provides superior optical performance.

Pilots also benefit from MATRIX, FlightSafety’s Integrated Training System. It includes DeskTop simulators for classroom instruction, a Graphical FlightDeck simulator for systems integration training, and the SimVu simulator session debriefing system.

About FlightSafety International
FlightSafety International is the world’s premier professional aviation training company and supplier of full flight simulators, visual systems, and displays to commercial, government, and military organizations. The company provides more than a million hours of training each year to pilots, technicians, and other aviation professionals from 154 countries and independent territories.

FlightSafety operates the world’s largest fleet of advanced full flight simulators at Learning Centers and training locations in the United States, Canada, France, Japan, South Africa, and the United Kingdom. FlightSafety provides training for helicopters manufactured by AgustaWestland, Bell Helicopter, Eurocopter, and Sikorsky, as well as mission specific training programs for other aircraft types.

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