FlightSafety International has promoted Suren Meras to executive director of operations for the company’s global network of business and commercial aviation Learning Centers. Meras’ responsibilities include pilot, maintenance, cabin safety, dispatch and instructor training as well as customer support, courseware development and simulator operations.
Meras joined FlightSafety in 2007 at the Toronto Learning Center where he served as assistant center manager and director of training. Meras was promoted to director, Training Operations in 2015 and then to senior director of operations in 2018.
Meras holds Airline Transport Pilot certificates issued by EASA, the FAA and Transport Canada. He has been a qualified FAA Training Center evaluator, and EASA Type Rating examiner and senior flight examiner. Meras has logged over 19,000 flight hours and is type rated in the Bombardier CRJ series of aircraft, Dash 8 100, Dash 8 200, Q300 and Q400, PC-24 as well as the Fokker F-27 and Fokker 70/100.
He is a graduate of the University of Toronto and Seneca College where he studied Child Psychology and Business Administration. Meras also earned an Executive MBA from the University of Texas in Dallas and holds diplomas in Law Enforcement from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Academy and Canadian School of Private Investigation, and a certification diploma by the NTSB as an Aircraft Accident Investigator.
Prior to joining FlightSafety Meras 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.