FlightSafety Introduces SafetyStar Certification

LA GUARDIA AIRPORT, NEW YORK (September 24, 2007) – FlightSafety International announces SafetyStar™ Certification. This new exclusive initiative recognizes aviation professionals from around the world who have attained a high level of proficiency in aircraft operations and maintenance.

“We are always honored to recognize our customers for their achievements and dedication to enhancing aviation safety,” said Bruce Whitman, President & CEO, FlightSafety International. “These individuals have demonstrated an unrelenting commitment to enhance safety and serve as an excellent example for their peers and the entire aviation industry. They consistently go above and beyond to help ensure the safety of their passengers and the aircraft.”

SafetyStar certification is awarded to pilots that have received at least eight consecutive FlightSafety ProCards including one within the last year, and aircraft technicians who have achieved Master Technician Certification.

ProCards are issued to professional pilots who have completed a FlightSafety training program and consistently exceeded the ATP/Type Rating Practical Test Standards. They train at least once every eight months and meet or exceed FlightSafety’s stringent standards for aircraft operations, systems knowledge, crew interaction and overall proficiency. The five-part Master Technician Certification program includes comprehensive initial type-specific training, engine run and taxi training, troubleshooting and operational maintenance procedures. In order to receive this certification, technicians must achieve a grade of at least 90% on each exam. The length of time required to complete all phases of the training is approximately five years.

Over 5,000 aviation professionals who train at FlightSafety facilities each year have received SafetyStar certification so far. They include pilots and technicians from leading corporate flight departments, aviation services providers, government agencies and aircraft manufacturers. A display that names each recipient is located on FlightSafety’s NBAA exhibit. Qualified individuals attending NBAA who have not yet received their SafetyStar, or did not bring it with them to Atlanta, are invited to stop by FlightSafety’s exhibit and pick one up.

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.