LA GUARDIA AIRPORT, New York (November 6, 2006) – FlightSafety International announced today that Ralph Hicks has been promoted to Center Manager of the company's Daleville and Dothan, Alabama Learning Centers. He replaces Britt Hoskins who has retired from FlightSafety after 20 years of service.
"We truly appreciate Ralph's service, commitment and dedication to our Daleville and Dothan Learning Center customers and are pleased he has received this well deserved promotion," said Bruce Whitman, President & CEO, FlightSafety International.
"Britt has been a valued member of our management team and his many contributions and customer-first approach has been a tremendous asset to FlightSafety. We wish Britt and his family the very best as they enter this next chapter of their lives."
Ralph has served at FlightSafety's Daleville and Dothan Learning Center since joining the company in 1985. He was a simulator academic instructor on the C-12 aircraft program for five years prior to being promoted to Assistant Manager of the Learning Centers in 1990.
He was in the United States Army for 20 years prior to joining FlightSafety. Hicks served in a wide variety of capacities including Chief, Concepts Branch; Directorate of Combat Developments and Deputy Director of Evaluation and Standardization at Fort Rucker, Assistant Professor of Military Science at Penn State University and as Air Defense Battery Commander, stationed in Germany. Ralph served on two tours in Vietnam and flew over 1,800 combat hours.
Ralph received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Tampa and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Utah. Hicks holds a commercial pilots license, with single and multi engine ratings, and is a certified flight instructor. He has over 6,000 hours in rotary and fixed aircraft and more than 3,000 hours of instructor time.
FlightSafety's Daleville and Dothan Learning Centers provide ground school, flight simulator and in-aircraft flight training for United States Army, Air Force, Navy, Customs and Border Protection and Federal Aviation Administration personnel. The Learning Center is also responsible for the management and maintenance of twenty FlightSafety designed and manufactured TH-67 simulators for the Flight School XXI program in Warrior Hall.
FlightSafety International is the world's premier aviation training organization. Over 75,000 pilots, technicians and other aviation professionals train at FlightSafety facilities each year. The company designs and manufactures full flight simulators for civil and military aircraft programs and operates the world's largest fleet of advanced full flight simulators at 40 training locations.