FlightSafety International opens Colorado centre

FlightSafety International has entered into an agreement with Air Methods to provide four Level D qualified full flight simulators at the company’s new learning centre in Colorado.

The facility is scheduled to open in 2016.

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Bruce Whitman, president and CEO says: “We look forward to opening this new centre of excellence for helicopter training in Colorado to serve Air Methods. Air Methods is setting a new standard for helicopter safety by insisting on Level D qualified simulator-based training for their pilots who fly single and twin-engine helicopters. This agreement demonstrates the commitment Air Methods and FlightSafety share to enhance safety and our ability to deliver high quality, cost-effective training solutions and services.”

The new centre will be equipped with Level D qualified simulators for the Bell 407GX, Airbus AS350 B3, Airbus EC130T2 and Airbus EC135.

The Airbus EC135 is currently being used by Air Methods at FlightSafety’s learning centre in Dallas, Texas and will be the first simulator to be installed.

The remaining three will enter service once FlightSafety completes the design, development, and manufacture of the simulators.

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Aaron Todd, chief executive officer, Air Methods adds: “As the leader in air medical transportation, Air Methods remains focused on safety for our people, our patients and the industry, overall. We’re excited to welcome the new simulators to our home base in Colorado. Three of the four simulators will be the first of their kind in the United States, further illustrating our commitment to the safe return of each member of our team.”

Air Methods has two helicopter divisions, the air medical division is the largest provider of air medical services in the United States and the tiurist division which comprises of Sundance Helicopters, Inc. and Blue Hawaiian Helicopters, which provides helicopter tours and charter flights in the Las Vegas/Grand Canyon region and Hawaii, respectively.

Terry Spruce

Terry is Senior News Editor and writes for both Corporate Jet Investor and Helicopter Investor. He is also responsible for our helicopter guides. Terry has been an aviation enthusiast since the early 1970s. He is a lapsed Private Pilot and ex-Piper Cherokee owner. He has flown a number of light aircraft and is comfortable sitting in the co-pilot's seat or the back of any aircraft. Before moving to journalism he was a banker for 20 years. You can contact him at: or follow him on twitter @Terry_Spruce

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