FlightSafety International announced that it will build a new Learning Center in Houston, Texas. Construction is scheduled to begin in the spring of 2020. The company has also announced it is expanding Gulfstream G280 aircraft training.
The new building will be located in the Houston Spaceport area at the Ellington Airport, which currently supports the operations of the United States military, NASA, and a variety of general aviation tenants.
“This new facility will replace the current Houston Learning Center, which opened in 1976,” said David Davenport, president and CEO. “We appreciate the support received from the City of Houston for this new facility as we worked to develop and finalize a long-term ground lease agreement for a six acre area within Phase 1 of the Spaceport.”
The center will be equipped initially with 12 full flight simulators for a variety of aircraft types. These simulators and other advanced-technology training devices will be used to provide training for pilots, flight attendants and aircraft maintenance technicians. This includes a dedicated area for training on Pratt & Whitney Canada engines.
In addition, FlightSafety has entered into an agreement with a large commercial aircraft operator for exclusive use of a large portion of the center. The area will be equipped with a series of full flight simulators, classrooms and offices to support the company’s pilot training programs.
FlightSafety has also announced it is expanding the training it provides for the Gulfstream G280 aircraft. Training will be offered at the company’s Learning Center located in Wilmington, Delaware, next summer.
This will be FlightSafety’s fourth simulator for the Gulfstream G280. The first three are located at FlightSafety’s Learning Center in Savannah, Georgia, and Dallas, Texas.
The G280 simulator will be equipped with the Rockwell Collins Pro Line Fusion PlaneView 280 avionics suite. It will also feature a Dual flight management system with LPV and RNP capabilities, an Integrated Flight Information System, and a Head-up Guidance System with Enhanced Vision System to allow for training on EFVS Touchdown and Rollout.
The technology systems and components installed in this new FlightSafety FS1000 simulator will include a CrewView collimated glass mirror display and VITAL 1150 Visual System.