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Company Profile: Flightsafety International: New Training Center Focuses on Offshore Operations

By Staff Writer | January 1, 2008
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FlightSafety, the world’s foremost aviation training company, delivers another first this year with the projected opening in late 2008 of a new Learning Center devoted principally to training for offshore operations. The center, positioned in Lafayette, Louisiana, to serve the Gulf of Mexico offshore helicopter industry, will customize its training to address the specific challenges offshore operators face.

"This state-of-the-art facility will be another center of excellence for rotorcraft training," says George Ferito, director of rotorcraft business development for FlightSafety. "Our training programs will mirror the fleet operating in the Gulf."

Although Lafayette will focus on training for offshore operations, it will offer a range of mission-specific training on Level D full flight simulators replicating helicopter models from manufacturers such as Bell, Sikorsky, Eurocopter and Agusta. In addition to offshore, FlightSafety conducts mission-oriented training for EMS, law enforcement and news gathering. The company offers rotorcraft training at a number of its Learning Centers, including Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas; West Palm Beach, Florida; and London Farnborough, United Kingdom.


Fourth Annual Helicopter Safety Forum

FlightSafety’s Helicopter Safety Forum, entering its fourth year, is rapidly becoming a key industry event, presenting the latest thinking about safe helicopter operations. What began as a response to issues in the EMS rotorcraft community has grown into a broad forum discussing all aspects of safety and the full range of helicopter missions. The forum, May 8-9 at the DFW Embassy Suites in Irving, Texas, has grown each year in attendance and industry participation. This year it will feature rotorcraft operators, representatives of the FAA, insurance companies, industry associations and rotorcraft manufacturers. See for complete details.

A Rotorcraft Training Trendsetter

FlightSafety, the first to develop Level D-certified full flight rotorcraft simulators, also was the first to equip its top-level trainers with the unparalleled performance of electric motion and control loading. Electric motion delivers the most precise and realistic experience possible. The company’s VITAL visual systems feature unmatched fidelity, an extensive visual database and a broad range of environmental conditions including brown-out and white-out. FlightSafety training combines superior simulator characteristics with the industry’s best instructors to prepare helicopter crews to face any challenge.

Next-Generation FTDs

FlightSafety’s next generation of rotorcraft FTDs will incorporate the latest visual realism and other components from full flight simulation. The company expects to begin deploying and training on the new FTDs this year.

"These will essentially be full flight simulators, without the motion base," Ferito says.

Mission-Specific Training

A major advantage of FlightSafety’s rotorcraft training is its mission-oriented approach. EMS pilots train to convincing scenarios drawn from real-life challenges. Offshore crews face training scenarios that replicate their specific situation. The company also offers mission-specific training for law enforcement and news gathering, and programs can be customized to emphasize scenarios specific to any operation.

Specialty Training

FlightSafety offers a full complement of specialty training courses to meet helicopter pilots’ specific training requirements.

  • Instrument procedures

  • Inadvertent IMC procedures

  • Night operations

  • EMS flight operations

  • Law enforcement flight operations

  • Crew resource management

  • Approach and landing accident reduction

  • Aviation decision-making

Training Leadership

FlightSafety, the factory-authorized trainer for both Bell and Sikorsky, is dedicated to the safe operation of aircraft through its comprehensive training programs and worldwide network of 40 Learning Centers. More than 75,000 pilots, technicians and other aviation professionals train at FlightSafety facilities each year. The company designs and manufactures full flight simulators for civil, commercial and military aircraft and operates the world’s largest fleet of some 230 advanced full flight simulators.

Contact: FlightSafety Rotorcraft Special Programs. Terry Palmer, manager. 817.282.2557, Ext. 135.,,

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