FlightSafety International is a premier aviation training company with learning centers around the world and world-class instructors. The company specializes in providing flight instruction, maintenance training, and aviation simulation for military, business, and regional pilots.
FlightSafety International offers its training and simulation services in 167 countries. Each year, the company’s 1,800 instructors conduct more than 1.3 million hours of training during 4,000 individual courses which cover 135 different types of aircraft in the military and private sectors.
Overall, FlightSafety International has more than 300 flight simulators and plenty of other equipment and programs to help aviation professionals operate in and around flight equipment and airplanes. Although the company is known for its pilot training courses, it offers a variety of other services and instruction as well including programs like cabin crew training, airplane maintenance, aircraft dispatcher training, and more.
FlightSafety International was established in 1951 by A.L. Ueltschi. When it first started, it operated at the Marine Air Terminal at New York’s La Guardia Airport with a rented Link trainer to help instruct pilots. The business took off, and by 1963 the company’s revenue broke the $1 million mark. In 1969, the company replaced its analog processing with digital systems to improve the flight simulator performance and provide better training to pilots.
By the 1970s and 80s, FlightSafety International had expanded across the United States, Canada, and Europe and it was endorsed by CEOs in a variety of aerospace industries. Revenues broke to five digits and the company was listed on the New York Stock Exchange.
In 1996, FlightSafety International was acquired by Berkshire Hathaway for around $1.5 billion. With the support of Berkshire Hathaway, FlightSafety International continued to lead the market in flight simulators. In 2015, it became the first training provider in the country to meet FAA SMS requirements, proving that it was the foremost authority in flight training and safety.