FlightSafety International has promoted Tom Montgomery (right) and Mark Gris (left) to Assistant Manager at it's Savannah, Georgia Learning Center and Toronto, Ontario Learning Center respectively.
Montgomery joined FlightSafety at the Savannah Center as an instructor for Gulfstream GIV aircraft. Since then he has held a number of positions with increasing responsibility including Program Manager for Gulfstream GIV training and Assistant Director of Programs for emerging aircraft. He most recently served as Director of Programs for Gulfstream aircraft training. In his new position as Assistant Manager, he will work alongside Jamie Hopkins, who also occupies the role.
Prior to joining FlightSafety, Montgomery served in the U.S. Army for 21 years and retired as a Chief Warrant Officer. While in the service he worked as a helicopter and fixed-wing aircraft instructor, Flight Examiner and Evaluator, Maintenance Manager and Safety Officer. He was also a maintenance test pilot for fixed-wing aircraft. He received the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal, and Master Army Aviator.
Montgomery has close to 6,000 hours in a wide variety of military and commercial aircraft. He holds an FAA Airman Certification, and is a Certified Flight Instructor with multi-engine airplane, rotorcraft, and instrument ratings. Tom also has an Airline Transport Pilot certificate and is type rated in Beechcraft BE200, Gulfstream G450 and G550 aircraft. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Professional Aeronautics, Master in Business Administration Aviation and Master in Aviation Management and Operations from Embry-Riddle University.
“Since joining FlightSafety in 2004, Tom has made many significant contributions to the high quality training and outstanding services we provide,” commented Daniel MacLellan, SVP Operations, FlightSafety International. “Tom is a highly-respected member of our management team. We are fortunate to have him.”
Gris joined FlightSafety at the Toronto Center in 2002 as a Simulator Technician and was promoted to Manager of Flight Training Devices in 2010. He then served as Director of Programs for the training offered at the Toronto Center for aircraft built by Bombardier. He was also responsible for coordinating courseware development at the Learning Center and supported the development of training programs offered at other FlightSafety locations for Bombardier business aircraft.
Gris earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Guelph and studied aviation maintenance at Centennial College in Toronto. While at FlightSafety, he graduated from the DeGroote School of Business at McMaster University with a Master of Business Administration. Mark received his private pilot license from the FlightSafety Academy in Vero Beach, Florida.
MacLellan stated, “We congratulate Mark on his well-deserved promotion to Assistant Manager of the Toronto Learning Center. Since joining FlightSafety following graduation from university, Mark has developed an in-depth understanding of our business, customer needs, and regulatory requirements. His strong management skills and commitment to excellence are most appreciated and valued.”