FlightSafety's Profiency Protection Program Helps More Than 200 Business Aviation Pilots and Technicians

LaGuardia Airport, New York (October 20, 2009) – FlightSafety International announces that more than 200 business aviation pilots and maintenance technicians have applied and been qualified to receive training from FlightSafety at no charge through the company’s Proficiency Protection™ Program since its introduction in June 2009.

“We are pleased to have helped so many of our Customers who have become unemployed to remain current while they explore new opportunities,” said Bruce Whitman, President & CEO. “This further demonstrates our support for our Customers and the business aviation community and is another example of the many benefits and advantages of training with FlightSafety.”

The Proficiency Protection Program provides business aircraft pilots who were training under a FlightSafety Full Service contract at the time of involuntary job loss with an opportunity to receive a recurrent training course at no charge. Maintenance technicians who were enrolled in FlightSafety’s Master Technician program at the time of involuntary job loss may receive the next course towards their Master Technician rating at no charge.

To be eligible, the loss of employment must be as a result of a staff reduction or job elimination that has occurred since Jan. 1, 2009. FlightSafety will schedule the training on an as available basis and it must be started while the pilot or technician is unemployed. Those who have been provided FlightSafety training by a company, organization or individual since their job loss, or have been laid off temporarily, furloughed, or become unemployed for other reasons, are not eligible. The program remains in effect until Dec. 31, 2009.

The pilots and technicians who qualify and take advantage of this program are not required to repay the cost of the course or to enter into a new training agreement with FlightSafety once re-employed. Complete program details, including eligibility requirements and training request forms, are available at

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.