LA GUARDIA AIRPORT, New York (August 9, 2011) – FlightSafety International is pleased to announce that Kelly Allender has been promoted to Manager of the company’s Learning Center in Tucson, Arizona.
“Kelly consistently goes above and beyond to respond to the needs of our Customers and to ensure they receive the high quality training and value FlightSafety is known for,” said Greg McGowan, Vice President Operations. “Our Customers and Teammates in Tucson will appreciate Kelly’s leadership and his commitment and dedication to provide outstanding service and support.”
He replaces Randy Lewis who will be retiring from FlightSafety. “Since joining FlightSafety 25 years ago, Randy has consistently demonstrated his professionalism, leadership ability and dedication to excellence,” said Bruce Whitman, President & CEO. “All of us with FlightSafety thank Randy for his service and wish him all the best in his retirement.”
Kelly joined FlightSafety in 2001, and most recently served as Assistant Manager at the company’s Cessna Learning Center in Wichita, Kansas. He has held a number of other positions of increasing responsibility at the Center including Director of Programs, Program Manager for the Cessna Citation Mustang training program, as well as Ground and Simulator instructor.
He served in the United States Marines for nine years prior to joining FlightSafety. Allender is a highly experienced AV-8B Harrier and A-6E Intruder pilot and continues to serve in the Marine reserves as a Lieutenant Colonel.
Kelly graduated from the University of Kansas with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics and holds a multiengine ATP with type-ratings in the Boeing 747-400, Cessna Citation Jet, and the Cessna Citation Mustang aircraft.
FlightSafety’s Tucson Learning Center provides comprehensive training using a fleet of ten full flight simulators and an advanced FAA Level 7 qualified flight training device. The Center offers training for the Bombardier Learjet 25, Learjet 31A, Learjet 35, Learjet 45, Learjet 55 and Learjet 60; the Bombardier Challenger 601 3A and Challenger 604; and the Eurocopter AS350.
FlightSafety International is the world’s premier professional aviation training company and supplier of flight simulators, visual systems and displays to commercial, government and military organizations. The company provides more than a million hours of training each year to pilots, technicians and other aviation professionals from 154 countries and independent territories. FlightSafety operates the world’s largest fleet of advanced full flight simulators at Learning Centers and training locations in Asia, Europe, North and South America, the Pacific Rim and South Africa.