FlightSafety International and TRU Simulation + Training create new JV

FlightSafety International and Textron’s TRU Simulation + Training have formed FlightSafety Textron Aviation Training, a new joint venture company. It will provide training for Textron Aviation’s business and general aviation aircraft lines.

David Davenport, FlightSafety International Co-CEO and President, Commercial, said: “Combining the strengths and resources of FlightSafety and TRU Simulation + Training will ensure the extension of our high-quality training programmes into new and upcoming Textron Aviation aircraft.”

Brad Thress, Textron Aviation Senior Vice President of Global Parts and Programs, noted: “This combination of FlightSafety and TRU Simulation + Training assets, capabilities, and courseware better supports our customers’ global training needs.”

Brian Moore has been named CEO of FlightSafety Textron Aviation Training. He joined FlightSafety more than 20 years ago, previous positions including managing the FlightSafety Wichita East Learning Center and, most recently, Executive Director of Operations.

FlightSafety Textron Aviation Training will offer support for 48 models across the Cessna, Beechcraft and Hawker ranges, using a fleet of 89 simulators.

Meanwhile, the Board of Governors of the New York-based Wings Club Foundation elected David Davenport as its new president on 27 March. He will serve a one-year term.

Davenport said: “It is an outstanding organisation with a rich history that has served and supported the aerospace community with excellence since 1942. I look forward to working with our members to advance the Club’s mission to support aerospace education for young people, and to recognise and celebrate the accomplishments of our industry.

“My specific areas of focus for the upcoming year are to encourage young people to consider pursuing a career in aviation. We will work with our members and aerospace companies and organisations to increase support for our annual scholarship grants in order to strengthen and broaden access to this important initiative.”

The Wings Club Foundation is a charitable organisation. Its mission is to focus on initiatives aimed at supporting scholarships for students who will pursue a career in aviation or aerospace, providing programmes to educate in the field of aviation, and supporting charitable organisations that use aviation to help those in need. It comprises more than 1,300 members including industry leaders, pilots, professionals in related service organisations, and aviation students.