Over 10,000 Pilots and Maintenance Technicians Have Received FlightSafety's SafetyStar Certification

LA GUARDIA AIRPORT, New York (October 13, 2010) – FlightSafety International is pleased to announce that over 10,000 pilots and maintenance technicians have received FlightSafety’s SafetyStar certification to date. They include pilots and technicians from leading corporate flight departments, aviation services providers, government agencies and aircraft manufacturers.

“We are pleased to have now recognized over 10,000 aviation professionals from around the world who have attained a high level of proficiency in aircraft operations and maintenance,” said Bruce Whitman, President & CEO. “These individuals have demonstrated an unrelenting commitment to enhance safety and serve as an excellent example for their peers and the entire aviation industry. They consistently go above and beyond to help ensure the safety of their passengers and the aircraft.”

SafetyStar certification is awarded to pilots who have demonstrated a high level of proficiency during training that have received at least eight consecutive FlightSafety ProCards including one within the last year, and aircraft technicians who have achieved Master Technician Certification.

ProCards are issued to professional pilots who have completed a FlightSafety training program and consistently exceeded the ATP/Type Rating Practical Test Standards. They train at least once every eight months and meet or exceed FlightSafety’s stringent standards for aircraft operations, systems knowledge, crew interaction and overall proficiency.

The five-part Master Technician Certification program includes comprehensive initial type-specific training, engine run and taxi training, troubleshooting and operational maintenance procedures. In order to receive this certification, technicians must achieve a grade of at least 90% on each exam. The length of time required to complete all phases of the training is approximately five years.

FlightSafety provides factory authorized training for the vast majority of business aircraft manufacturers including Bell Helicopter, Bombardier, Cessna, Dassault Falcon, Embraer, Gulfstream, Hawker Beechcraft, Honda, Piaggio Aero and Sikorsky.

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 the United States, Canada, France, Japan, South Africa and the United Kingdom.