LA GUARDIA AIRPORT, NEW YORK (October 16, 2013) – FlightSafety International announces that Ron Ladnier has been promoted to Vice President, FlightSafety Services Corporation. He replaces Mike Sangster who will be retiring from his full time position at the end of 2013. Mike will continue to serve as a consultant.
“We are pleased to promote Ron to Vice President, FlightSafety Services Corporation,” said Bruce Whitman, President & CEO, FlightSafety International. “Our Customers and Teammates will appreciate and benefit from his experience, leadership abilities, and commitment to excellence. All of us with FlightSafety thank Mike for his outstanding service and many significant contributions since joining us in 1991. We wish him all the best in retirement and appreciate his ongoing support.”
Ron joined FlightSafety as Director, Military Business Development in 2011. His responsibilities included working with government and military agencies around the world to identify and provide training and simulation equipment solutions.
He previously served in the United States Air Force obtaining the rank of Major General. Ron commanded the first squadron to operate the C-17, a C-141 operations group, and a KC-135 air refueling wing. He led the Air Force’s center that directed worldwide flights of its fleet of cargo and tanker aircraft and also oversaw supply chain management and logistics planning.
Ron’s interagency experience includes contingency planning at the Department of State. He also directed the center that synchronized trans-Atlantic shipments to the Middle East with regional transportation in Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Horn of Africa. His Air Force career culminated with leading the 17th Air Force which oversaw activities in Africa. Ron has over 4,700 hours as a pilot and instructor flying C-141A/B, C-17A, KC-135R (Boeing 707) and C-21 (Learjet 35) aircraft. He holds a degree in Engineering Mechanics from the United States Air Force Academy, a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Webster University, and a Master’s degree from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces.
FlightSafety Services Corporation provides military crew training, advanced technology training devices, support for simulators computer based training workstations, and has operations at 15 U.S. Military bases. Programs include the recently awarded KC-46 Aircrew Training System contract. FlightSafety was also selected to provide flight simulators and support services for Flight School XXI, the C-5 Aircrew Training System, Joint Primary Aircraft Training System, T-6 (JPATS) and T-37/38 Contractor Logistics Support, KC-10 Aircrew Training System, Boeing C-17, Lockheed HC-130P and Bell Boeing MV-22/V-22 Osprey Weapon System Trainers, and in-flight training in Daleville, Alabama.
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 167 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.