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FlightSafety International Receives FAA Qualification for the First Flight Simulator Expanded Aerodynamic Model for Upset Prevention and Recovery Training

NEW YORK (June 11, 2015) – FlightSafety International announces it received qualification from the United States Federal Aviation Administration’s National Simulator Program for the first flight simulator expanded aerodynamic model for Upset Prevention and Recovery Training.

“FlightSafety is pleased to become the first and only training provider and simulator manufacturer to receive FAA qualification for a simulator to be used during Upset Prevention and Recovery Training,” said Bruce Whitman, President & CEO. “This clearly demonstrates our commitment to enhance aviation safety and our leadership in training and simulation technology. Pilots who train with FlightSafety are now able to experience and prepare for in-flight loss of control in the safe and controlled environment of a simulator.”

“Working with FlightSafety to develop the UPRT program demonstrates our continued commitment to our customers and their safety,” said Mark Burns, president, Gulfstream Product Support. “This course will help pilots of Gulfstream aircraft increase their knowledge of aerodynamics and develop new skills that are critical to safe operations.”

The FAA evaluated and qualified the expanded aerodynamic, flight control, and motion models developed and incorporated into the Gulfstream G550 simulator for FlightSafety’s Upset Prevention and Recovery Training.

The models are based on actual aircraft flight test information, wind tunnel testing, and analytical data. This includes low speeds that replicate deep aerodynamic stalls and extreme high speeds beyond VMO, the maximum airspeed at which an aircraft is certified to operate, and beyond MMO the maximum operating Mach number of an aircraft.

The FAA also evaluated the simulator’s instructor station module, and the new tools and malfunctions added specifically for use in conjunction with the expanded aerodynamic model. As a result, FlightSafety will have the first full flight simulator qualified by the FAA for UPRT under AFS-205, FSTD Guidance Bulletin 11-05.

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.