Tasneem Hashmi Appointed Manager of FlightSafety International's Learning Center in Toronto, Ontario

NEW YORK, NY, May 13, 2014 - FlightSafety International announces that Tasneem Hashmi has been appointed Manager of the company’s Learning Center in Toronto, Ontario. He succeeds Patrick Coulter who has been named Director, Business Development, Commercial Training.

“Tasneem consistently goes above and beyond to respond to the needs of our Customers,” said Daniel MacLellan, Vice President Operations. “We recognize and appreciate his leadership skills, experience, and commitment to provide the outstanding training and Customer service FlightSafety is recognized for around the world.”

Tasneem has held a number of positions of increasing responsibility since joining FlightSafety in 1999 at the Toronto Learning Center. He started as a ground school and simulator instructor for the Twin Otter. Tasneem then served as Program Manager for FlightSafety’s Twin Otter and Bombardier Dash 8 training, Quality coordinator, and Manager of the Center’s Safety Management System. He was promoted to Director of Training in 2001 and most recently served as Assistant Center Manager.

He earned a Master of Science degree in Management and Strategic Leadership from New England College in New Hampshire. He graduated from the University of Wolverhampton in the United Kingdom with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Studies, and completed FlightSafety’s Senior Leadership training program. Tasneem holds Airline Transport Pilot certificates issued by the FAA and Transport Canada, and a Dash 8-400 type rating. He was a pilot for Union Texas Petroleum and Exxon Mobil prior to joining FlightSafety.

FlightSafety International announces that Suren Meras has been named Assistant Manager of the company’s Learning Center in Toronto, Ontario. He succeeds Tasneem Hashmi who has been named Center Manager.

“We are pleased to promote Suren to Assistant Manager of the Toronto Center,” said Daniel MacLellan, Vice President, Operations. “Suren’s management experience and dedication to provide outstanding service and the highest quality training is valued and appreciated by our Customers and Teammates.”

Since joining FlightSafety in 2007, Suren has used his aviation experience and management skills to successfully serve as the Toronto Learning Center’s Director of Training. He supervised the development of courseware, training manuals, and checklists, and worked to ensure the materials were produced in accordance with regulatory requirements and FlightSafety’s standards. Suren oversaw many of the activities and processes required to schedule and deliver training, and assisted with the management and training of instructors and support staff.

Suren holds Airline Transport Pilot certificates issued by EASA, the FAA and Transport Canada. He is a qualified FAA Training Center Evaluator and EASA Type Rating Examiner. He has over 19,000 flight hours and is type rated in the Bombardier Dash 7, Dash 8 100, Dash 8 200, Q300, Q400 and all CRJ models.

He is a graduate of Seneca College and York University where he studied Child Psychology and Business Administration. Suren holds diplomas in Law Enforcement from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Academy and Canadian School of Private Investigation, and completed FlightSafety’s Senior Leadership training program. Prior to joining FlightSafety Suren was Chief Pilot, Head of Training, and a JAA Senior Examiner at Tyrolean Airways. He was also a Captain at City Express Airlines and Supervising Flight and Ground School Instructor at Central Airways Corporation.

FlightSafety’s Toronto Learning Center is equipped with 9 flight simulators. It offers training for the Bombardier Dash 6, Dash 7, Dash 8 100/200/300, and Q400 aircraft, as well as the Beech 1900D.

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, the Netherlands, Norway, South Africa, and the United Kingdom.