FlightSafety's Bell Helicopter Simulators and Training Programs Qualified by Aviation Authorities in Europe and Brazil

LaGuardia Airport, New York (October 20, 2009) – FlightSafety International has received Joint Aviation Authority Type Rating Training Organization approval from the United Kingdom Civil Aviation Authority for its Bell Helicopter 212/412 and 430 training programs.

In addition the Bell Helicopter 212/412 simulator has been qualified by the European Aviation Safety Agency and the Bell Helicopter 430 simulator has also been qualified by the National Civil Aviation Agency of Brazil and EASA.

The Bell Helicopter 212, 412 and 430 simulators and training programs are located at FlightSafety’s Learning Center in Fort Worth, Texas.

“This qualification of our Bell Helicopter simulators and training programs demonstrates the quality and effectiveness of our training programs and high fidelity of our flight simulators.” said Barbara Taylor, Manager, Fort Worth Learning Center. “Our Customers appreciate FlightSafety’s ability to develop and deliver helicopter training programs that are tailored to their specific needs and meet the regulatory requirements they operate under.”

FlightSafety has provided factory authorized training for aircraft manufactured by Bell Helicopter for more than 30 years. The company currently offers training programs for Bell 212, Bell 214ST, Bell 222, Bell 230, Bell 412 and Bell 430 aircraft at its Learning Center in Fort Worth, Texas.

Other professional helicopter training programs are offered by FlightSafety at its Learning Centers in Lafayette, Louisiana; West Palm Beach, Florida and at the Farnborough airport in the United Kingdom. FlightSafety was the first simulator manufacturer to receive Level D qualification from the Federal Aviation Administration for a full flight helicopter simulator. The company was also the first to receive FAA Level 7 qualification for a helicopter flight training device.

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. We provide more than a million hours of training each year to pilots, technicians and other aviation professionals. FlightSafety operates the world’s largest fleet of advanced full flight simulators at Learning Centers and training locations in the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia.