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FlightSafety Academy celebrates 45th anniversary

Oct. 17, 2011, La Guardia Airport, N.Y. - FlightSafety International is pleased to announce that the FlightSafety Academy in Vero Beach, Florida will celebrate the 45th anniversary of its founding on October 17, 2011.

October 17, 2011  By Carey Fredericks

“The FlightSafety Academy has made a significant contribution to the aviation industry since its founding in 1966,” said Bruce Whitman, President & CEO. “The Academy is recognized worldwide for the high quality training it provides and for helping to prepare each student to pursue a career as a professional pilot. We sincerely appreciate the many contributions of our Teammates in Vero Beach and thank the 18,000 Academy graduates who fly for 62 airlines and over 100 corporate flight departments around the world for their confidence and support.”

FlightSafety Academy’s 30 acre campus offers a variety of courses for students that range from no prior flying experience to training for candidate pilots from many domestic and international airlines as well as the military and other flight training organizations.

The 160 professionals, including more than 70 highly qualified and experienced Certified Flight Instructors who work at the Academy, help to ensure that graduates are fully prepared to operate advanced aircraft safely, efficiently and effectively in an increasingly complex environment.

Students with no prior flying experience can obtain a private pilot and commercial license with a multi-engine rating in approximately 44 weeks. The Academy provides a wide variety of additional enrichment courses including upset and spin recovery training, high altitude endorsements, transition to jet-powered aircraft, and introduction to glass cockpit technology.


Its fleet of close to 100 aircraft includes the Piper Warrior Cadet, Arrow and Seminole, as well as Garmin 1000 equipped Cessna 172 aircraft. The aircraft are maintained to the highest standards and exceed FAA maintenance inspection requirements to help ensure safety and availability.

Academy students benefit from well-equipped classrooms, advanced flight training devices, on-site accommodations for 300, a comprehensive library, pilot shop, and other amenities typical of a University campus.

FlightSafety Academy is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges and approved by the United States Veterans Administration for rotorcraft transition courses and training that leads to obtaining an Airline Transport Pilot Certificate.


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