NEW YORK (July 10, 2014) – FlightSafety International announces that Todd Bitgood has been promoted to Manager of its Learning Center in Long Beach, California. He succeeds Pete Nily who has become a Regional Director of Training Operations.
“Todd has made many significant contributions to FlightSafety since joining us in 2001,” said Daniel MacLellan Vice President, Operations. “Customers who train at the Long Beach Center will appreciate Todd’s in-depth understanding of their requirements and his commitment to provide the highest quality training and services.”
In his new role, Pete will assist FlightSafety’s Learning Centers and Marketing and Sales teams with training requirements and programs for Customers who operate their aircraft under PART 135. “We are fortunate to have Pete as a member of our leadership team and look forward to the positive impact he will have on our PART 135 training programs,” added MacLellan.
Todd was a Standards Pilot at Lufthansa’s Airline Training Center in Phoenix, Arizona prior to joining FlightSafety in 2001 as an instructor at the company’s Learning Center in Tucson, Arizona. He was promoted to Program Manager of the Bombardier Learjet 60 training program in 2004, and then to Director of Training in 2006. Todd most recently served as Assistant Manager of the St. Louis Learning Center.
He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Pennsylvania State University. Todd holds an AirlineTransport Pilot certificate, and is a Certified Flight Instructor and Multi-Engine Instructor.
The Long Beach Learning Center offers training for aircraft manufactured by Cessna, Embraer, Gulfstream, and Beechcraft. It is equipped with FlightSafety built simulators for the Cessna Citation II, Citation V, Embraer EMB 120, Gulfstream III, Gulfstream IV, Gulfstream V, Gulfstream G450, Gulfstream G550, and Beechcraft King Air 200 aircraft. A new Gulfstream G650 Level D qualified flight simulator is scheduled to enter service later this month. The Learning Center also offers comprehensive crew emergency training facilities that include an aircraft fuselage and cabin fire trainer.
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.