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FlightSafety International and Abu Dhabi Aviation to Establish a World-Class Learning Center in Abu Dhabi

NEW YORK (October 21, 2014) – FlightSafety International and Abu Dhabi Aviation have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to establish a world-class Learning Center in Abu Dhabi.

“FlightSafety is pleased to partner with Abu Dhabi Aviation to establish a new Learning Center,” said Bruce Whitman, President & CEO. “It will set a new standard of excellence for aviation training in the Middle East. FlightSafety’s industry-leading flight simulators and proven instructional technologies, along with Abu Dhabi Aviation’s experience and expertise in aircraft operations, will ensure that pilots and maintenance technicians receive the highest quality training designed and delivered according to their specific needs.”

“The Learning Center is aligned with the UAE capital Abu Dhabi vision to be a major aviation hub and center of excellence for training,” said Nadir Al Hammadi, Chairman, Abu Dhabi Aviation. “Partnering with FlightSafety will ensure the Center delivers the best possible training. We will provide flight and ground school training to all sectors of aviation for civilian and military aircraft.”

The first phase of the Learning Center is scheduled to open in September 2015. It will accommodate eight full flight simulators and feature classrooms equipped with advanced technology training systems. The Center will offer training for a wide variety of helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft and serve operators of business, commercial and military aircraft. Phase two will increase the overall size of the complex by 6,800 square meters, and the number of flight simulators to 17.

The new FlightSafety FS1000 simulators will be equipped with the company’s latest advancements in technology. They include the VITAL 1100 visual system, electric motion control and cueing, and advanced instructor operating station. Classrooms and other specialized areas for self-paced and instructor-led learning will feature MATRIX, FlightSafety’s integrated training technology.

Abu Dhabi Aviation was established in 1976, and has grown to become the largest commercial helicopter operator and aircraft Maintenance Repair and Overhaul facility in the Middle East. The company serves the offshore oil, engineering and construction industries throughout the region. Abu Dhabi Aviation is recognized for the outstanding service it provides, and the dedication, commitment and professionalism of its pilots, engineers and support staff.

FlightSafety International is the world’s premier professional aviation training company and supplier of 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 167 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, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, South Africa, and the United Kingdom.