FlightSafety sees increased demand for training services


FlightSafety International are still seeing increased demand for training in the Middle East and surrounding regions

“We have experienced a significant increase in demand for our services in the Middle East and surrounding region,” said Scott Fera, vice president, sales and marketing, FlightSafety International.

“The high quality training FlightSafety provides, and the investments we are making in new programs and simulators throughout our network of Learning Centers, are expected to further increase our presence in this important area.”

FlightSafety provided well over 2,000 training events to customers from the Middle East in the past year. Training has increased
since 2007. Cessna aircraft programmes were up by 26%; Embraer 92%; Gulfstream 22%; Sikorsky 84%; and maintenance training was up by 30%.

The training FlightSafety provided to operators in the Middle East increased the most during the past year among those based in Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Egypt, Israel, Kuwait, Oman, and Turkey.

“As with all regions of the world, we continuously measure the current and expected future demand for our training services and add new programs and locations as appropriate to ensure that we offer access to conveniently located, high quality training programs and services that meet the specific needs of our customers,” said Fera.

FlightSafety is currently investing in the design and manufacture of 14 new Level D-qualified simulators that will be installed in 2012 and 2013. New simulators for aircraft training programmes not currently offered by the company include the AgustaWestland AW139, Bombardier Challenger 605, Global 5000 and Global 6000, Embraer Legacy 450 and 650, Falcon 900LX, Gulfstream G280 and G650, HondaJet, Pilatus PC-12 and Sikorsky S-76D.

FlightSafety are also expanding learning centres with the new Hong Kong facility, a new maintence training facility at Cessna in Wichita. The company has added training locations for the Gulfstream G450 and G550 aircraft in Dallas and Hong Kong and will also increase its fleet of Gulfstream G650 simulators to three.