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Flight training consolidation means more Wichita business

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Tuesday, July 17, 2012, at 6:19 p.m.

The consolidation of a FlightSafety International training center at Toledo Express Airport means more business for a couple of FlightSafety centers in Wichita, but not additional jobs.

FlightSafety closed its Detroit Metro/Toledo center — which employed 57 people — earlier this year and moved the seven programs it offered there to other FlightSafety centers, said spokesman Steve Phillips.

For Wichita that meant a gain in business-jet training programs on the Hawker 400XP at Hawker Beechcraft and on the Citation Excel and Citation Ultra at Cessna Aircraft Co. The Excel has been replaced by the XLS Plus and the Ultra is no longer produced by Cessna.

The transfer of the Toledo programs to Wichita didn’t translate to extra staff, though, Phillips said.

“It just means that we had capacity in Wichita to serve those customers, so they are going there now,” he said Tuesday.

FlightSafety offers pilot and maintenance training at five centers in Wichita — two at Cessna, two at Hawker and one at Bombardier Learjet — and employs about 470 people.

The company’s newest facility is its Cessna Maintenance Learning Center at 2021 S. Eisenhower.

FlightSafety, owned by Berkshire Hathaway, provides training through 40 centers in eight countries and manufactures flight simulator equipment.

Reach Jerry Siebenmark at 316-268-6576 or jsiebenmark@wichitaeagle.com.

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