LA GUARDIA AIRPORT, NEW YORK (October 15, 2007) – FlightSafety International is pleased to announce that Gil Viera has been promoted to Manager of the company’s Learning Center in San Antonio, Texas. He replaces Chuck Gallagher who has been named Executive Director, Regulatory Compliance.
“Our San Antonio Learning Center customers will appreciate and benefit from Gil’s experience, expertise and commitment to providing them with the highest level of service,” said Greg McGowan, Vice President Operations, FlightSafety International. “He joins our dedicated team of professionals in San Antonio as they continue to provide our customers with comprehensive, world-class training.”
Gil joined Flight Safety in August 2002 at the Daleville/Dothan, Alabama Center and served as a C-12 King Air aircraft instructor for United States Army and Navy personnel. Gil was promoted to Assistant Manager of FlightSafety’s Learning Center in Houston, Texas, in 2005 following his participation in FlightSafety’s Leadership Mentoring program.
He served in the United States Navy for 22 years prior to joining FlightSafety. Gil flew over 6,000 hours in a wide variety of aircraft and gained significant management and team building experience prior to retiring with the rank of Commander. Viera holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tennessee.
The San Antonio Learning Center is a center of excellence for Cessna Citation aircraft training. It features seven FlightSafety built simulators, classrooms equipped with MATRIX, the integration training system, as well as customer service areas. Training is available on the Cessna Citation Bravo, Citation Jet, Citation II, Citation SII, Citation III, Citation Excel and Citation CJI aircraft. The Center also offers training on the Metro/Merlin SA227 and Metro 23/C-26 aircraft.
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.