LA GUARDIA AIRPORT, New York (July 13, 2006) – FlightSafety International announced today that it has promoted Bill Gilliland, Jennifer Peppard and Dan Koen. The goal of these promotions is to enhance customer service and strengthen the company’s competitive advantages in advanced technology learning systems and courseware development and distribution.
Bill Gilliland has been promoted to Director of Research. In this new role, Gilliland will enhance the company’s training programs through the design, development and implementation of new training technologies and capabilities.
He joined the company in 1974 and was instrumental in the opening of FlightSafety’s Citation Learning Center in Wichita. He relocated to Texas in 1995 and has held a number of management positions in Courseware and Compliance. Gilliland most recently served as Manager, Engineering and Design. Bill holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Technology from Mississippi State University.
Jennifer Peppard has been promoted to Manager of Engineering and Design. Since joining FlightSafety in 1992, Jennifer has participated in the development and implementation of many customer focused technologies and systems and software programs. Her contributions include the development of realtime software designed to simulate the Honeywell Electronic Flight Instrument Systems and FMZ series Flight Management System.
She also played a key role in the production of FlightSafety’s Advanced Classroom Presentation and Self Learning Systems as well as the Learning Assessment Builder and the Learning Management System used to distribute courseware electronically throughout the company’s network of Learning Centers. Jennifer received a Bachelor of Science degree in Electronic Engineering Technology from DeVry Institute.
Dan Koen has been promoted to General Manager of Courseware Support. He is responsible for the design, development, distribution and maintenance of more than 3,000 FlightSafety training courses.
He began his career with FlightSafety in 1980 as a simulator instructor and was then promoted to Director of Pilot Training, a position he held until 1984. He was then named Assistant Director of Standards and managed FlightSafety’s Learning Center training standards, Operations Manual, and taught the Instructor Development Course. Dan has been the Assistant General Manager of Courseware Support since 1993. Prior to joining FlightSafety, he served in the United States Air Force as an Aircraft Electrician, as an instructor at the Cessna Aircraft Flight Crew Training Academy, and as a flight demonstration pilot.
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.