FlightSafety's First Gulfstream G450/G550 Interchangeable Simulator Receives FAA Level D Qualification

LA GUARDIA AIRPORT, NY – FlightSafety International announces that its first Gulfstream G450/550 interchangeable simulator equipped with Synthetic Vision-Primary Flight Display has been qualified to Level D by the United States Federal Aviation Administration.

"The Level D qualification of this new Gulfstream G450/550 interchangeable simulator demonstrates our ability to develop and deliver training equipment and programs that feature the latest advances in technology available in Gulfstream aircraft," says David Davenport, Manager, Savannah Learning Center, FlightSafety International.

FlightSafety's interchangeable G450/G550 simulators were developed following an FAA ruling in May 2004 that the G450 and G350 share the same pilot type rating with the G550 and G500. Additionally, since the G550 and GV already share the same type rating, the GV pilot rating applies to four in-production Gulfstream large-cabin aircraft as well. GV pilots will be authorized to fly the G500 and G350 aircraft upon completion of a "differences" course that highlights the PlaneView flight deck.

"FlightSafety's RNP-SAAAR, GV Series Data Link and Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Contract courses are other recent examples of training programs developed for Gulfstream aircraft operators," says Davenport.

The simulator is located at FlightSafety's Learning Center in Savannah, GA. It is equipped with the company's electric motion and control loading technology and new Vital X Visual System. The Gulfstream G450/550 training program also features a new interchangeable Graphical Flight-deck simulator, a key component of MATRIX, FlightSafety's integrated training system.

The Savannah Learning Center offers comprehensive professional training for Gulfstream GIV, GV, G350, G450, G500 and G550 aircraft. FlightSafety has been the official factory authorized training organization for Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation for more than four decades. Training for Gulfstream aircraft is also available in Long Beach, CA; Dallas/Fort Worth; the Greater Philadelphia/Wilmington area; and at the London Farnborough Airport in the United Kingdom.