Gil Schnabel Named FlightSafety Regional Director, Regulatory Affairs

He will be a primary point-of-contact and subject matter expert in regulatory affairs for FlightSafety’s customers.


LA GUARDIA AIRPORT, New York (April 11, 2013) – FlightSafety International is pleased to announce that Gil Schnabel has been named Regional Director, Regulatory Affairs.

“FlightSafety maintains and adheres to regulatory and compliance standards set by aviation agencies worldwide, said Greg McGowan, Senior Vice President Operations. “ Naming Gil Schnabel, a highly experienced and qualified member of our leadership team, as a Regional Director, Regulatory Affairs, demonstrates our commitment to provide the highest quality training and services that meet or exceed regulatory agency requirements.”

Reporting to FlightSafety’s Director, Regulatory Affairs, Gil will be responsible for monitoring and directing compliance efforts within an assigned geographical and functional area in accordance with government agency regulations and FlightSafety’s own standards and programs. He will also be a primary point-of-contact and subject matter expert in regulatory affairs for FlightSafety’s Customers, the aircraft manufacturers the company serves, and its Learning Centers.

He will also participate in the design, development and updating of Regulatory Compliance standards for FlightSafety’s training programs, courseware, standards policies, ISO 9000 guidelines, as well as the implementation and maintenance the company’s Quality Management and Safety Management Systems and processes.

Gil joined FlightSafety in 2001 at the Dallas Learning Center as an instructor. He then served as Director of Training, and then Assistant Manager. He was promoted to Manager of the Detroit Metro/Toledo Learning Center in 2007, and to his most recent position as Manager, West Palm Beach Learning Center, in 2009.

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 Chief of Current Operations, Director of Training, and as Assistant Operations Officer .He then joined NATO as a Crisis Management Staff Officer in Casteau, Belgium. While in Belgium, Gil also served as Executive Chairman of Allied Powers Europe Flying Association. He was appointed College Director of the Technical Trades Institute in Colorado Springs, Colorado in 1993. He also worked as a contract flight instructor at the United States Air Force Academy prior to joining the faculty of Oklahoma State University as an adjunct professor.

Gil holds a Bachelor of Education Degree from the University of Miami, Master of Science Degree in Occupational Education, and Doctorate in Aviation and Space Education from Oklahoma State University.

FlightSafety International is the world’s premier professional aviation training company and supplier of full 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, Canada, France, Japan, South Africa, and the United Kingdom.

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