FlightSafety Proficiency Protection Program revived

FlightSafety International has launched the 2012 Proficiency Protection Program. It is designed to help pilots and maintenance technicians of business aircraft who have become involuntarily unemployed since Jan, 1, 2012, to maintain their proficiency by providing no cost training while they look for new employment opportunities.

“We are pleased and proud to have helped our customers through the Proficiency Protection program in the past. We now offer it again during 2012,” said Bruce Whitman, President & CEO.

Proficiency Protection provides a no cost recurrent training course to pilots of business aircraft who were training under a FlightSafety Full Service contract at the time of involuntary job loss. The training will be provided for an aircraft type the pilot trained on under that agreement. Maintenance technicians who were enrolled in the company’s Master Technician program at the time of involuntary job loss may receive the next course towards the completion of the program at no cost.

To be eligible, the loss of employment must be as a result of a staff reduction or job elimination that has occurred since Jan. 1, 2012. Those who have been provided FlightSafety training by a company, organization or individual since their job loss, or have been laid off temporarily, furloughed, or become unemployed for other reasons are not eligible. FlightSafety will schedule the training on an as available basis. The course must be started while the pilot or technician is unemployed and be completed by Dec. 31, 2012.

The pilots and technicians who qualify and take advantage of this program are not required to repay the cost of the course or to enter into a new training agreement with FlightSafety once re-employed, FlightSafety officials said.

FlightSafety provides training for business aircraft manufactured by Bell Helicopter, Bombardier Aerospace, Cessna Aircraft Company, Dassault Falcon, Embraer, Eurocopter, Gulfstream Aerospace, Hawker Beechcraft, Piaggio Aero and Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation and will soon offer training for AugustaWestland and HondaJet.

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