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October 2018

Industry insights: Safety & training

TRU Simulation and FlightSafety merge for a combined safety solution
It was announced at NBAA a few weeks ago that two international aviation companies, TRU Simulation + Training and FlightSafety International, entered into a game-changing agreement to provide industry-leading training for Textron Aviation’s broad product line of business and general aviation aircraft.

To put that into context, let’s begin with a brief background to these companies.

TRU Simulation + Training (a member of the larger corporation Textron Inc.) delivers innovative and cutting edge training solutions to both commercial and military aviation markets, also providing the industry’s leading technical support and service. You can find out more about their aviation simulation and training here. 

Similarly, FlightSafety International is the world’s premier professional aviation training company and supplier of flight simulators. Over 2,000 highly qualified instructors provide more than 1.4 million hours of training each year to pilots, technicians and other professionals from more than 167 countries and independent territories. Like NetJets, they are also part of the Berkshire Hathaway group.

Textron Aviation Inc. (a long-time partner of NetJets) is the leading general aviation authority and home to the Beechcraft, Cessna and Hawker brands, which currently account for more than half of all general aviation aircraft flying. In fact, further exemplifying our long-standing partnership with Textron Aviation and, more specifically, Cessna, NetJets recently announced that we are planning on adding an additional 175 Longitudes (super midsize) and 150 Hemispheres (large cabin) to our international fleet. The brand is unmatched in innovation, performance and experience, with an unparalleled product portfolio which leads the industry every year. Find out more about Textron Aviation Inc. here.
The collaboration between these two businesses will have unprecedented benefits for their global customers’ training needs, including the provision of state-of-the-art simulators, courseware and world-class experience and knowledge.

David Davenport, the Co-CEO and President of FlightSafety International (the commercial arm) said: ‘The combination of our training capabilities will enable us to provide best-in-class pilot and maintenance training programmes to our customers around the world. For more than 40 years FlightSafety has served Textron Aviation customers, and this venture will allow us to offer more flexible training options leveraging the capabilities of both organizations. We also want to recognise Bruce Whitman’s significant contributions. He was instrumental in the initial planning and actively participated in the development of this important agreement. As always, Bruce’s focus was to ensure that the Joint Venture would benefit our customers and enhance the training they receive.’

His counterpart, Gunnar Kleveland, (the president of TRU Simulation + Training Inc.) commented: ‘The new joint venture will enhance our ability to service our growing customer base. With Textron Aviation continuing to expand its product portfolio with aircraft such as the Latitude, Longitude, Hemisphere, Denali and SkyCourier, it is critical we provide the full scope of training services our customers require. This joint venture will allow us to better address that demand.’

TRU will serve as the exclusive supplier of new Textron Aviation simulators to the joint venture. They will also continue with their other operations, including the design and manufacture of training simulators and services for the air transport and military markets.

We have been told that the transaction is expected to close over the coming few months, subject to finalising definitive documentation and regulatory approval.

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