Landmark Aviation selects Bombardier Aerospace/CAE SimuFlite to provide technical and pilot training

NBAA, Orlando, — Landmark Aviation today announced that it has signed a five-year, $3.5 million contract with Bombardier Aerospace and CAE SimuFlite toward a training program for Landmark maintenance technicians and pilots, becoming the training organization’s largest single customer.

“Landmark Aviation is making a significant investment in a world-class technician and pilot training program,” said Shawn Vick, President, Landmark Aviation. “Based on customer recommendations, we’ve made a commitment to provide the most highly trained technicians and pilots in the industry, working with Bombardier and CAE SimuFlite.”

The agreement covers all levels of technical training for technicians, including Level 2 line and base maintenance training and Level 3 specialized training for FAA certifications, providing compliance with Part 145 regulatory training. The program includes courses for all business aircraft models and configurations, and an unlimited amount of simulation time for both technicians and pilots.

“This significant contract from Landmark Aviation reaffirms we are on the right track,” said Hank Blasiak, General Manager, Bombardier Training Centers. “Bombardier training programs are unique and we are the only aircraft manufacturer to offer product training to customers. We believe our training program offers added value and benefits because we work closely with all parties involved in the design, build, testing and support phases of our products, ensuring our course information is always current and up-to-the-minute.”

Bombardier Aerospace trained 6,000 pilots and technicians in 2005, and will train more than 7,000 this year at its Montreal and Dallas facilities, plus an additional 2,000 students are registered for Web-based training.

Training will take place on site at Landmark facilities, at Bombardier operations in Montreal, Quebec, and Dallas, Texas, and at CAE SimuFlite’s state-of-the-art facility at the Dallas Fort Worth International Airport.

Landmark Aviation, with approximately 2,500 employees at sites in North America, operates four heavy aircraft maintenance centers at Houston, Los Angeles, Augusta, and Springfield. A satellite aircraft maintenance operation is in Little Rock, Ark. The company also operates service centers for light aircraft maintenance at some of its 34 FBO locations.

The Bombardier Aerospace and CAE SimuFlite training will comprise 90 percent of Landmark’s technical training for technicians and pilots.

Bombardier operates two training centers, both located in North America. The Bombardier Training Center in Montreal offers technical and pilot training on the Bombardier Challenger 604, Challenger 605, Bombardier Global 5000, Global Express XRS and CRJ Series aircraft, while the Dallas Training Center offers technical and pilot training courses on the Challenger 300, Challenger 604 and Learjet family of business jets.

CAE SimuFlite, a recognized training leader, offers advanced aviation training for pilots for a wide range of turbine powered business aircraft. Its training center is located at the Dallas / Forth Worth International Airport, a 426,000 square-foot training facility.

Landmark Aviation, formerly known as Garrett/Piedmont Hawthorne/Associated, is one of North America’s largest providers of comprehensive services for the business aviation industry. Serving 43 locations in North America, the company offers a full range of fixed base operations; maintenance, repair and overhaul; aircraft charter, sales and management; and large aircraft completions. Landmark Aviation is headquartered in Tempe, Ariz. Landmark Aviation is a portfolio company of The Carlyle Group.