PAST & PRESENT
FlightSafety Intl celebrates 62 years of training success
Market leader in simulation keeps
getting bigger and better.
FlightSafety's Atlanta Learning Center, opened in the 2000s as part of a growing global network of training locations.
Acquisition of McDonnell Douglas Simulator Division in 1993 was significant in that it integrated the highly successful Vital visual system into FlightSafety's simulator design and manufacturing capabilities.
Vital was the first computer generated imagery (CGI) system to receive FAA certification for airline training and FlightSafety's ongoing research and development has led to improvements in visual systems.
More than 1000 VITAL visual systems have been designed, manufactured and installed in 42 countries. More recently, in 2009, the company acquired Glass Mountain Optics, a leading provider of visual display systems for simulation applications for industrial markets.
FlightSafety, meanwhile, continues to refine and expand its Matrix integrated learning system to bring the realities of the Level D simulator experience into the classroom and other training devices.
Gulfstream G650 full flight simulator,featuring electric motion and control loading, as well as VITAL X visuals.
The company's desktop simulation devices, graphical flightdeck simulators and SImVU debriefing programs are driven by the same simulation code used on its full-motion flight simulators.
FlightSafety's new LiveLearning programs offer training over the Internet with a wide range of instructor-led specialty and enrichment programs complete with real-time instructor interaction.
Maintenance technicians take type-specific training for a wide variety of aircraft as well as Pratt & Whitney Canada engines.
Al Ueltschi and FlightSafety were at the right place at the right time, 62 years ago, to precipitate launch of a new industry in third-party training of corporate pilots.
Looking back over those years the business model Ueltschi envisioned could not have been more successful and it established current industry standards in terms of training effectiveness and proficiency.
Looking forward, there seems boundless need for high-quality aviation training particularly with fast-paced aviation growth in such emerging markets as Africa, China, India and South America.
As computer processing technology and graphical simulation possibilities continue to evolve we can anticipate even more effective flight simulation technology.
A key element to ongoing success of the global aviation industry—and this has always been a subject of importance to Ueltschi—is to inspire and help young people become pilots, technicians and aviation professionals.
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Editor-at-Large Grant McLaren has written for Pro Pilot for over 20 years and specializes in corporate flight department coverage.