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FlightSafety International’s Gulfstream G550 Simulator Equipped With a VITAL 1100 Visual System Qualified to Level D by the CAA on Behalf of EASA

NEW YORK (July 14, 2014) – FlightSafety International announces that its Gulfstream G550 simulator equipped with the VITAL 1100 visual system has been qualified to Level D by the United Kingdom Civil Aviation Authority on behalf of the European Aviation Safety Agency. The simulator is located at FlightSafety’s Farnborough Learning Center.

“The Level D qualification of FlightSafety’s Gulfstream G550 simulator equipped with our VITAL 1100 visual system will significantly enhance the effectiveness and value of the training offered at Farnborough,” said David Davenport, Senior Vice President. “This effort and investment further demonstrates FlightSafety’s commitment to provide our Customers with the highest quality training using simulators equipped with industry leading technology.”

The visual system installed on the simulator features the new VITAL 1100 Image Generator, JVC VS2200 LCoS projectors, and an extensive suite of highly detailed airport model databases. Its new generation PC and graphics hardware system provide up to five times greater performance than its VITAL X predecessor. The total number of polygons and surfaces per channel has been increased to 500,000. This significantly enhances training by providing highly detailed geo-specific imagery, improved scene content, exceptional environmental effects, physically accurate lighting, and unprecedented levels of detail.

Over 1,000 visual systems, and close to 800 simulators and other advanced training devices, have been built by FlightSafety to date. Since the introduction of the VITAL 1100 in 2013, 11 simulators equipped with the system have received FAA and EASA Level D qualification. More than 70 VITAL 1100 visual systems will have been installed on commercial and military aircraft simulators by the end of 2015. The simulators and visual systems are part of an integrated training system used throughout the company’s network of Learning Centers and by many other leading commercial, government, and military organizations worldwide.

FlightSafety has been the official factory authorized training organization for Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation for more than four decades. Training is provided at Learning Centers in Dallas, Texas; Columbus, Ohio; Hong Kong; Long Beach, California; Savannah, Georgia; Wilmington, Delaware; and at the London Farnborough Airport in the United Kingdom.

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.