Relationship Between FlightSafety Academy and Pilot Training College Ireland Is a Proven Success

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The relationship between two flight training schools, FlightSafety Academy in the United States and Pilot Training College in Ireland, has proven to be a success.

Nearly one year ago, FlightSafety Academy initiated its relationship with Pilot Training College (PTC) Ireland by accepting seven Irish students from the affiliated school in Waterford, Ireland. Today, nearly 100 PTC students have successfully completed courses at the FlightSafety Academy's campus in Vero Beach, Florida.

The agreement has provided a dual benefit for both schools. PTC students use FlightSafety's facilities to earn their Private Pilot's License (PPL) and build flight hours while FlightSafety's students have the opportunity to convert their FAA licenses into the European Union equivalent, the Joint Aviation Authority (JAA) commercial pilot's license.

"This strategic alliance for the Pilot Training College is a first for Ireland and is the only agreement of its kind to be signed so far," said Capt. Mike Edgeworth, chief executive of the Pilot Training College. "FlightSafety International's decision to partner with us is indicative of the high standards we have achieved in the past five years."

FlightSafety enrolls an average of seven to 10 PTC students per month, totaling nearly 100 students for the first year. PTC students study on FlightSafety Academy's campus for two months. Because of lower fuel costs, the absence of the Value Added Tax (VAT), and weather more conducive to flying, these students are able to earn their licenses more quickly for a better price.

With PTC's FAA-JAA conversion course, FlightSafety students are able to begin the conversion process while still in America. The distance-learning portion takes approximately six months. After earning their U.S. license, they attend PTC for approximately three weeks to complete the JAA flying requirements.

"This relationship has brought about more than just an exchange of students," said Jacqueline Carlon, FlightSafety Academy's Senior Marketing Manager. "It has opened up opportunities for both schools, making it easier for our students to gain employment with international airlines while allowing PTC's students to efficiently earn their licenses in less time for less money."

The second year of operation is expected to bring new additions, including the approval of PTC Florida's campus at FlightSafety as a JAA-approved center. This new designation will allow PTC students to train in Vero Beach for the JAA CPL/ME (European Commercial Multi-Engine license). Nearly all training would be conducted in Vero Beach (a duration of 10 months). As this new option becomes available, FlightSafety Academy expects PTC enrollments to increase to 17 monthly. In addition, FlightSafety students will be able to complete most of the FAA-JAA conversion course on FlightSafety's campus with only one week of training in Ireland to complete the JAA IR (Instrument Rating).

PTC, a small, elite school with a solid reputation, is located at Waterford International Airport in southeast Ireland. The school trains pilots from 25 different countries; 98 percent of their graduates are employed by airlines within two months of completing their training. Their graduates are now employed by many airlines including RyanAir, Aer Arann, City Jet, Westair, Air Asia, and Club 328.

For additional information about the pilot training programs at FlightSafety Academy, visit

About FlightSafety Academy:
FlightSafety Academy has been preparing pilots for professional flying careers for nearly 40 years. The Academy's campus at Vero Beach Airport encompasses student and academic facilities and includes one of the largest fleets of training aircraft in the United States. The Academy is the only initial training establishment to include FAA approved Level D full flight simulators in its facilities and a wide range of advanced training devices. The Academy's current fleet consists of 20 multi-engine and 62 single-engine aircraft, including two aerobatic aircraft for upset recovery training.

About FlightSafety International:
FlightSafety International is the world's premier aviation training organization. Over 75,000 pilots, technicians and other aviation professionals train at FlightSafety facilities each year. The company designs and manufactures full flight simulators for civil and military aircraft programs and operates the world's largest fleet of advanced full flight simulators at over 40 training locations.

Catherine Cyphers
Vero Beach, FL 32962

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