LA GUARDIA AIRPORT, New York (November 8, 2010) – FlightSafety International is pleased to announce that Kelly Allender has been promoted to Assistant Manager of the company’s Cessna Learning Center in Wichita, Kansas.
Allender joined FlightSafety in 2001, and most recently served as Director of Programs at the Wichita Cessna Learning Center. He has held a number of other positions of increasing responsibility at the Center including Program Manager for the Cessna Citation Mustang training program as well as a Ground and Simulator instructor.
He served in the active duty United States Marines for 9 years. 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.
“We are pleased to give Kelly this well-deserved promotion. His leadership experience, in-depth knowledge of FlightSafety’s training programs and commitment to provide our Customers with the highest quality training and excellent service, made him an ideal choice for this important role.” said Rich High, Manager, Wichita Cessna Learning Center.
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 offers training for seventeen Cessna and Cessna Citation aircraft models in Wichita using a fleet of 20 simulators and advanced flight training devices. The company has provided factory authorized training for the Cessna Aircraft Company for more than 30 years. Training for pilots, maintenance technicians and other aviation professionals who operate Cessna aircraft is also available at FlightSafety’s Learning Centers in Atlanta, Georgia; Columbus, Ohio; the Detroit Metro/Toledo area; Long Beach, California; Orlando, Florida; San Antonio, Texas and at the Farnborough Airport in the United Kingdom.
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.
He replaces Randy Lewis who will be retiring from FlightSafety.
Rich joined FlightSafety in 2005 as an instructor. A year later he became Assistant Manager of the company's Cessna Learning Center in Wichita.
John Brasfield's commitment along with his management and aviation experience earned him the Assistant Manager position at the Wichita Cessna Learning Center.
Johnson joined FlightSafety in 2007, and most recently served as Assistant Manager of the company’s Cessna Learning Center in Wichita, Kansas.