LA GUARDIA AIRPORT, NEW YORK (December 14, 2007) – FlightSafety International is pleased to announce that Gil Schnabel has been promoted to Manager, Detroit Metro/Toledo Learning Center. He replaces Blaine Little who has been named Manager, Airline Marketing.
“Our customers will appreciate Gil’s leadership skills, industry knowledge, commitment to outstanding customer service and over 37 years of experience in aviation and education,” said Bruce Whitman, President & CEO, FlightSafety International.
Gil joined the company as an instructor eight years ago and was promoted to Director of Training in 2001. He most recently served FlightSafety’s Dallas Fort/Worth Learning Center Customers as Assistant Manager.
During his career with the United States Air Force, Gil flew over 75 combat missions in Southeast Asia, was a test pilot for the USAF Strategic Air Command, and served as Director of Training and as Assistant Operations Officer at bases in Michigan and Oklahoma.
He then joined NATO as a Crisis Management Staff Officer in Casteau, Belgium. While in Belgium, Gil served as Executive Chairman of Allied Powers Europe Flying Association, the largest multi-national flight training and recreational flying association in Europe. Gil returned to the United States in 1993 to serve as College Director of the Technical Trades Institute in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He then worked as a contract flight instructor at the United States Air Force Academy prior to joining Oklahoma State University as an adjunct professor.
Gil holds a Bachelor of Education Degree from the University of Miami and a Master of Science and Doctorate in Education from Oklahoma State University.
The Detroit Metro/Toledo Learning Center offers type specific training for pilots and maintenance technicians using a fleet of seven FlightSafety designed and manufactured simulators. Training programs offered at the Learning Center include the Cessna Citation II, Citation III, Citation V, Citation X, Citation Excel, Citation Ultra and the Hawker 400XP manufactured by Hawker Beechcraft.
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.