David Rushton Joins FlightSafety as Commercial Marketing Manager, Visual Simulation Systems

LA GUARDIA AIRPORT, New York (January 25, 2013) – FlightSafety International is pleased to announce that David Rushton has joined the company as Commercial Marketing Manager, Visual Simulation Systems.

“We are pleased to welcome David to the FlightSafety team.  He brings more than 25 years of experience in visual systems for the flight simulator industry,” said Jon Hester, General Manager, Visual Simulation Systems.  “Dave is highly respected in the visual simulation industry for his in-depth understanding of Customer needs, market trends, and his ability to identify and create long-standing relationships.”

His main responsibilities are to identify and pursue new business opportunities for FlightSafety’s visual simulation systems among commercial airlines. This includes developing and promoting products and services that meet the current and future needs of this important segment and extend FlightSafety’s visual simulation business worldwide.

“Having David join FlightSafety demonstrates our increased focus on the global commercial airline sector,” said Rick Armstrong, Vice President, Simulation. Our current and prospective Customers will appreciate and benefit from David’s experience, expertise, and commitment to outstanding service.

David has served in various management positions within the visual simulation industry since 1989. They include General Manager of the Commercial Visual Business Unit for Evans & Sutherland, senior management positions with Hughes Rediffusion Simulation, and Director Commercial Business Development for Rockwell Collins. David joins FlightSafety from VDC where he was Vice President, Business Development. He was responsible for the pursuit of visual display systems business for commercial, military, and entertainment applications.  In addition to his extensive business related experience, David also holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration from The Open University in the United Kingdom.

FlightSafety has designed and produced more than 1,000 VITAL visual systems for Customers in 43 countries to date and provides professional long-term service and support for the VITAL product line worldwide. VITAL X, FlightSafety’s current generation visual system, is a COTS PC Image Generator system with unmatched realism through its high definition satellite imagery based visual environments.

FlightSafety International is the world’s premier professional aviation training company and supplier of flight simulators, visual systems, and displays to commercial, government and military organizations. The company provides more than a million hours of training each year to pilots, technicians, and other aviation professionals from 154 countries and independent territories. FlightSafety operates the world’s largest fleet of advanced full flight simulators at Learning Centers and training locations in the United States, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Japan, South Africa, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom.