FlightSafety and Pratt & Whitney Canada Expand Training for Turbo Shaft Powered Helicopters

LA GUARDIA AIRPORT, New York (March 3, 2011) – FlightSafety International and Pratt & Whitney Canada are pleased to announce the expansion of training programs for turbo shaft powered helicopters.

“This expansion of Pratt & Whitney Canada turbo shaft powered helicopter training programs clearly demonstrates our desire and ability to further enhance the services we provide our customers,” said Raffaele Virgili, Vice President, Customer Service, Pratt & Whitney Canada.

FlightSafety offers comprehensive training courses for six Pratt & Whitney Canada engine series. This includes training for 28 Pratt & Whitney Canada engine models for 26 aircraft types built by 12 manufacturers.

“Technicians who maintain and support Pratt & Whitney Canada turbo shaft powered helicopters will now have access to FlightSafety’s world-class learning facilities and a strong technology-based training curriculum throughout our network of 10 maintenance training centers of excellence,” said Mike Lee, FlightSafety’s Director, Business Development, Maintenance Training.

FlightSafety provides training for the Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6B, PT6C, PT6T and PW206/207 series engines. Courses for the 1,000 shaft horsepower new PW210 series of engines will be available beginning in the fourth quarter of 2011. These engines set new standards in fuel burn, power-to-weight ratio, environmental emissions and operating economics while maintaining P&WC’s reputation for high durability and reliability, the hallmark of dependability. This includes a Full Authority Digital Engine Control (FADEC), which facilitates pilot operation and maintenance diagnostics.

The Pratt & Whitney Canada maintenance training programs provided by FlightSafety meet or exceed international regulatory standards and are approved under FAA FAR 147, EASA, CASA and Transport Canada.

P&WC engine training is currently available in Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas; Wichita, Kansas; West Palm Beach, Florida; Montreal, Canada; Toronto, Canada; Paris-Le Bourget, France, and Singapore. Additional Centers that will be offering training in the near future are Curitiba, Brazil; Johannesburg, South Africa; Melbourne, Australia; and Beijing, China.

Pratt & Whitney Canada, based in Longueuil, Quebec, is a world leader in the design, manufacture and service of aircraft engines powering business, general aviation and regional aircraft and helicopters. The company also manufactures auxiliary power units and industrial gas turbines. United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX), based in Hartford, Conn., United States, is a diversified company providing high-technology products and services to the global aerospace and building industries.

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.

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