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Porter extends pilot training agreement with FlightSafety, including new E2 aircraft

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  •   07-22-2021  7:34 pm
  •   Pax Global Media

Porter extends pilot training agreement with FlightSafety, including new E2 aircraft
Pax Global Media

To support its recent order for up to 80 Embraer E195-E2 aircraft, Porter Airlines has finalized an eight-year agreement with FlightSafety International to continue as the airline’s exclusive pilot training partner.

This includes the installation of North America’s first E2 flight simulator, the airline said on July 22.

The new simulator comes online in April 2022, ahead of Porter beginning E2 operations in the second half of next year.

It is expanding its current regional network to serve destinations across North America, including the west coast, southern U.S., Mexico and the Caribbean.

The airline intends to operate the E2s destinations from Ottawa, Montreal, Halifax and Toronto airports.

Training for real-world flying

Porter is continuing its 15-year relationship with FlightSafety International at the company’s Toronto Learning Centre.

Over 650 Porter pilots will receive ongoing training at the facility for the E2 and De Havilland Dash 8-400.

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“This agreement is an example of how Porter’s investment in new aircraft is creating new jobs and opportunities for Canada’s aerospace industry,” said Michael Deluce, president and CEO of Porter Airlines. “FlightSafety is a long-standing partner of Porter’s and our pilots will continue receiving the very best training with them for years to come.”

The flight simulators are certified by high standards as outlined by Transport Canada.

Pilots are able to experience all aspects of real-world flying, including full motion simulation and actual airport environments, in a controlled setting.

“This allows for the most realistic and effective training environment, including safely dealing with unusual and complex scenarios,” Porter said.

Porter and FlightSafety have additional agreements for training flight attendants and maintenance engineers on the Dash 8-400.

“This is part of an overall training program that ensures Porter team members are among the safest in the world,” Porter said.

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