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January 11th 2011


Europe’s leading regional airline announces simulators will soon wing in from New York

Flybe, Europe’s largest regional airline and the UK’s Number One Domestic carrier, has confirmed that it has selected US-based FlightSafety International to provide two state-of-the-art full flight simulators for its new Training Academy, namely for the Bombardier Q400 and Embraer E-Jet 170/190 aircraft, the Q400 sim being the first to arrive next month.

The simulators will be situated at the new Flybe Training Academy located at Exeter International Airport and will be equipped with FlightSafety’s industry leading VITAL X Visual System and electric motion and control loading technology. They will not only be used to train Flybe’s own pilots but, in a cooperative marketing agreement, also provide other Q400 and E-Jet operators with the opportunity to purchase surplus simulator hours on site. Prior to the E-Jet sim being installed in early 2012, FlightSafety will be providing Flybe with Embraer 170/190 training services at its facilities in Amsterdam and at Paris Le Bourget airport.

Andrew Strong, Flybe’s Chief Operating Officer says; “The high quality simulation equipment, exceptional support and outstanding value FlightSafety provides made them the best choice for our Training Academy. Our pilots, and those from the other operators we support, will appreciate the quality, reliability and scheduling flexibility these new simulators will offer.”

Adds Eric Hinson, Executive Vice President at FlightSafety International; “We are pleased that Flybe has selected FlightSafety to provide the Bombardier Q400 and Embraer E-Jet aircraft simulators for their Academy in Exeter. Having served Flybe for over 13 years, we recognise and appreciate their commitment to enhancing aviation safety through professional training, using comprehensive training programmes and state-of-the art equipment.”

The new Flybe Training Academy will offer a wide range of Pilot, Technical, Cabin Crew, Customer Service and Aviation Support courses to airlines across the world, as well as a range of non-aviation training to other individuals and organisations. Apart from the flight simulator complex, it will incorporate Cabin Door trainers, 25 purpose-built classrooms and an integrated Apprentice workshop that will allow Flybe to offer an increased range of training to third party customers.