LA GUARDIA AIRPORT, New York (April 7, 2006) – FlightSafety International and Sikorsky Aircraft today announced a significant expansion of their comprehensive customer training program with the addition of one S-92 simulator and two S-76C+/C++ convertible simulators.
“We are making this additional investment to support the large number of Sikorsky aircraft operators that rely on FlightSafety for the best professional training,” said Jim Waugh, Executive Vice President, FlightSafety International. “The expansion of our partnership with Sikorsky reinforces FlightSafety’s position as the world’s leading provider of business aircraft training.”
“The addition of these new simulators will enhance the service available to our valued customers and support the rapidly growing fleet of commercial Sikorsky helicopters,” said Mick Maurer, vice president of commercial programs, Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation. “This is a clear demonstration of Sikorsky’s commitment to safety and the importance of simulator-based professional training.”
The three new simulators are expected to enter service in 2007. Customers who train on these advanced technology simulators will benefit from FlightSafety’s 200 X 60 degree VITAL visual system and electric motion and control loading technology. The simulators will be designed in conjunction with Sikorsky’s engineering and flight test team to ensure they offer the highest level of fidelity and replicate the exact flying characteristics of the aircraft.
The S-92 simulator will be installed at FlightSafety’s new London Farnborough Training Center. FlightSafety’s West Palm Beach Learning Center will offer training on the first new S-76 C+/C++ convertible simulator. The location of the second S-76 simulator will be determined according to customer requirements. All three simulators will be qualified for both FAA and JAA training.
FlightSafety International is the world’s premier aviation training organization. Over 75,000 pilots, technicians and other aviation professionals train at FlightSafety facilities each year. The company designs and manufactures full flight simulators for civil and military aircraft programs and operates the world’s largest fleet of advanced full flight simulators at over 40 training locations.