Safety & Training
Simulation-based training for the light turbine helicopters
Dec. 2, 2010 – The presentation will address the creation by the FAA of the new Level 7 FTD category and the issues involved in bringing the benefits of the new technology to the light, single engine turbine helicopter market.
By Melissa Damota
Dec. 2, 2010 – The presentation will address the creation by the FAA of the new Level 7 FTD category
and the issues involved in bringing the benefits of the new technology to the light,
single engine turbine helicopter market.
About the Speakers:
Mr. Ferito is a recognized aviation executive with over thirty-five years of experience
in business and commercial aviation. His management experience base includes
operations, sales & marketing and simulation-based training. Operational assignments
have taken George to Africa, the Caribbean and domestic locations all over the U.S. Mr.
Ferito is an ATP rated fixed wing and Commercial Rotorcraft pilot holding a CFI-II
AMSEL and three jet type ratings. He has in excess of 10,000 hours of total flight time.
From 1964 to 1968 George completed his undergraduate work in education at Indiana
University of Pennsylvania and did additional coursework in Occupational Health &
Safety. During the period from 1984 to 1994, Mr. Ferito held various management
positions within SimuFlite Training International including Vice President of
Operations, VP–Sales & Marketing and President. At Frontier Corporation in Rochester,
NY, George served as Director of Corporate Transportation. With Bombardier’s FlexJet
program, he served as Director of Flight Operations prior to assuming the duties of Vice
President – Operations for HeliFlite Shares, a helicopter fractional ownership start-up.
In 2001, Mr. Ferito joined FlightSafety International as the Assistant Center Manager at
the Company’s DFW Learning Center. Subsequently, he was named the Center
Manager at DFW and FlightSafety’s Bell Helicopter Learning Center in Hurst, TX.
Mr. Ferito currently serves as the Director-Rotorcraft Business Development for
FlightSafety International. His involvements in that role have included the establishment
of the new Gulf of Mexico Rotorcraft Learning Center and the launch of FlightSafety’s
Level 7 FTD-based helicopter programs. Among his industry involvements are
memberships on the NBAA’s Safety Committee and the Flight Safety Foundation’s
Corporate Aviation Advisory Committee where he serves as Chairman. As a result of
his efforts to advance recurrent training, Mr. Ferito was named Aviation Safety
Advocate of the Year by Professional Pilot Magazine.
Mike Phillips has over 35 years experience in aviation training and simulation. He
began his flying and training career as a standardization instructor pilot and instrument
flight examiner in the US Army, serving on active duty for over twenty years.
After leaving military service, he worked as a ground and flight instructor for Bell
Helicopter Textron and was instrumental in developing their simulator training program.
Before joining Frasca International, he served as Director of Training for Flight Safety
International at the Bell Learning Center in Fort Worth, TX. He served on the FAA
industry advisory committee developing FAR Part 60 requirements for helicopter
training devices. He is currently a member of the International Working Group
helicopter committee formulating ICAO requirements for flight simulation training
Mike holds certified flight instructor ratings in helicopters, single and multi-engine
airplanes, and is an instrument flight instructor for both fixed and rotary wing aircraft.
He is a strong advocate for improving training and safety in the helicopter industry.