LA GUARDIA AIRPORT, New York (August 29, 2006) – FlightSafety International is pleased to announce that George Ferito has been named to the newly created position of Director, Business Development for Rotor Wing Aircraft.
Ferito joined FlightSafety in 2001 as Director of Training at the company's Dallas Fort Worth Learning Center. He was then named Assistant Manager and has most recently served as Manager for both the Dallas Fort Worth and Bell Helicopter Learning Centers. He will retain his position as Manager of the Bell Helicopter Learning Center.
"We are pleased that George has accepted this new challenge to serve and support our Rotor Wing customers and manufacturers," said Bruce Whitman, President & CEO, FlightSafety International. "Training the aviation professionals who operate helicopters is a very important part of the services we offer and George has the experience, industry expertise and customer focus required to expand our activities in this important segment of business aviation."
Ferito has more than 30 years of experience in operations and training and is a fixed and rotor wing aircraft pilot. He holds a Bachelors degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. George currently serves as a member of the National Business Aviation Association Safety Committee and the Flight Safety Foundation Corporate Advisory Board.
FlightSafety offers training on aircraft manufactured by Bell Helicopter at the company's Fort Worth Learning Center. The Center provides factory-authorized, FAA and JAA qualified training, for Bell 212, Bell 222, Bell 230, Bell 412 and Bell 430 aircraft.
The company's West Palm Beach, Florida Learning Center offers Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation factory-authorized training for the Sikorsky S-70, Sikorsky S-76 and Sikorsky S-92 aircraft. Training will be available in West Palm Beach and at FlightSafety's new London Farnborough Training Center for the Sikorsky S-76 C/C+/C++ aircraft starting in 2007.
FlightSafety International is the world's premier aviation training organization. More than 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.
This is the first Eurocopter EC135 aircraft simulator designed by FlightSafety to achieve Level D qualification from the FAA.
FlightSafety International will be hosting Helicopter Safety Forum 2007 at the Embassy Suites DFW Hotel in Irving, Texas, on April 12-13, 2007.
FlightSafety International will be demonstrating two advanced technology training devices at the Helicopter Association International’s Heli-Expo 2007 in Orlando, Florida on March 1-3.
She replaces George Ferito who has served as both Manager of the Fort Worth Learning Center, and Director, Rotorcraft Business Development.