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FlightSafety to build new learning facility

April 29, 2014, La Guardia Airport, N.Y. - FlightSafety International has announced that it will build a new Learning Centre in Columbus, Ohio.

April 29, 2014  By Carey Fredericks

“FlightSafety is proud to have been a member of the Columbus community since 1999,” said Bruce Whitman, president and CEO. “Investing in this new Learning Centre demonstrates FlightSafety’s commitment to provide Customers and Teammates with efficient, comfortable and conveniently located facilities. Every aspect is designed to enhance safety by providing the highest quality training programs and services using advanced technology simulators.”

Construction of the new facility will be completed in two phases. Phase one will be 55,000 square feet and house six full flight simulators. It will also feature 13 advanced technology pilot and maintenance training classrooms, 12 briefing and debriefing rooms, and facilities for 12 Graphical Flight-Deck Simulators. Construction of phase one is scheduled to be completed in December 2014.

Phase two will include an addition of up to 90,000 square feet. This will provide space for more classrooms, flight simulators, and other advanced training equipment. The exact timing and size of the addition will be determined by FlightSafety based on Customer needs.

“FlightSafety International is a global company specializing in safety, one of the most vital elements of the aviation industry,” said Columbus Mayor Michael B. Coleman. “We are pleased with FlightSafety’s continued investment in Columbus, and we are proud of the important work the company is doing.”


The current Columbus Learning Centre offers comprehensive training programs for aircraft manufactured by Bombardier, Cessna, Dassault, Embraer, Gulfstream, and Hawker. The Centre’s 10 full flight simulators are for the Bombardier Challenger 350 and Global Vision 6000, Cessna Citation Excel, Citation Sovereign, Citation X, Citation XLS, Dassault Falcon 2000, Embraer Phenom 300, Gulfstream G200, and Hawker 900XP aircraft. The Phenom 300 simulator is used exclusively by NetJets.

“Columbus has a long history of aviation successes we can all be proud of,” said Council member Michelle M. Mills, chair of the Development Committee. “Port Columbus helped introduce America to passenger air service, Columbus workers helped propel the space shuttle into orbit, and for the last 15 years, FlightSafety International has helped train the world’s best and brightest pilots to fly all around the world.”


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