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Warren Buffet-owned FlightSafety International signs pact with Deccan Charters

The training will provide a major fillip to the budding regional aviation sector and the business aircraft segment in the country.  
The training will provide a major fillip to the budding regional aviation sector and the business aircraft segment in the country.  
MUMBAI: Warren Buffet-owned FlightSafety International has signed a pact with G.R Gopinath-controlled Deccan Charters to provide Pratt & Whitney engine training in India.

The training will be offered at Deccan’s facility in Bengaluru on an Pratt & Whitney's turboprop, turbofan, and turboshaft aircraft engines including the PT6A, PW 100, PT6T, PW 200 series. Courses are scheduled to begin during the last quarter of 2015.

"Currently engineers have to go overseas to get training. That will change once this facility is set up," said Gopinath, the previous owner of Air Deccan, India's first low cost carrier.

He said the course is certified by the US regulator Federal Aviation Administration and will be approved by India's DGCA (Director General of Civil Aviation) shortly.

The training will provide a major fillip to the budding regional aviation sector and the business aircraft segment in the country. Pratt & Whitney's engines power most of the smaller aircraft in the world, including the Bombardier Q400s owned by SpiceJet and the ATR planes flown by recently launched Air Pegasus.

The center will be equipped with training engines, a FlightSafety graphical flight deck simulator for instructor led and self-paced learning, as well as desktop simulators for classroom instruction. Deccan’s instructors will be trained by FlightSafety, and will receive approval from aviation regulatory agencies as required.

Deccan Charters maintains over 60 fixed wing aircraft and helicopters from over 15 operational and engineering bases.

FlightSafety provides more than a million hours of training each year to pilots, technicians and other aviation professionals from 167 countries and independent territories. It operates the world’s largest fleet of advanced full flight simulators at learning centers and training locations in the United States, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, South Africa, and the United Kingdom.

FlightSafety is 100% owned by Buffet's Berkshire Hathaway. The only other company owned by the conglomerate is Netjets which provides fractional ownership and rentals for private jets.
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