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EFVS touchdown and rollout training launched by FlightSafety
Enhanced flight vision system touchdown and rollout training for a number of Gulfstream aircraft models is now being offered by FlightSafety in the US and UK, following FAA approval for EFVS for instrument approaches.
FlightSafety now offers Enhanced Flight Vision System Touchdown and Rollout training for six Gulfstream aircraft.

FlightSafety is now offering enhanced flight vision system touchdown and rollout training for Gulfstream G280, G450, G500, G550, G600 and G650 aircraft.

“The development of these courses highlights our commitment to provide training that will enable our customers to take full advantage of the approval Gulfstream has received for use of the enhanced flight vision system for instrument approaches all the way to touchdown and rollout,” says senior vice president, operations Dann Runik.

The courses meet the training requirements established by the FAA for operators who use EFVS in lieu of natural vision to descend below the decision height/altitude (DA/DH) or minimum descent altitude (MDA). Once the courses are completed, pilots can obtain FAA authorisation to engage in EFVS to touchdown operations which will enable them to begin instrument approaches when visibilities are lower than the published approach minimums. These courses will also help pilots identify failures affecting the aircraft's EFVS capability and then to apply the appropriate contingency procedures.

FlightSafety has been the official factory authorised training organisation for Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation for more than four decades. Training for the complete line of Gulfstream aircraft is delivered by instructors using close to 30 full flight simulators as well as other advanced training devices and equipment, and is available at Learning Centers in Dallas, Texas; Hong Kong; Long Beach, California; Savannah, Georgia; Wilmington, Delaware; and at London Farnborough airport in the UK.

The company has promoted Suren Meras to executive director, operations for its Learning Centers, where his responsibilities include pilot, maintenance, cabin safety, dispatch and instructor training as well as customer support, courseware development and simulator operations.

“Suren's thorough understanding of FlightSafety's training programmes, his focus on customer service, and more than 35 years of aviation experience make him the ideal choice for this important role,” says senior vice president, operations Dann Runik. “Our customers will appreciate his commitment to excellence and in-depth understanding of their needs and expectations.”

Meras joined FlightSafety in 2007 at the Toronto Learning Center, where he served as assistant centre manager and director of training. He was promoted to director, training operations in 2015 and then to senior director, operations in 2018.

Meras holds Airline Transport Pilot certificates issued by EASA, the FAA and Transport Canada. He has been a qualified FAA training centre evaluator as well as an EASA type rating examiner and senior flight examiner. He has logged over 19,000 flight hours and is type rated in the Bombardier CRJ series of aircraft, Dash 8 100, Dash 8 200, Q300 and Q400, PC-24 as well as the Fokker F-27 and Fokker 70/100. He is a graduate of the University of Toronto and Seneca College where he studied Child Psychology and Business Administration. He also earned an Executive MBA from the University of Texas in Dallas and holds diplomas in Law Enforcement from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Academy and Canadian School of Private Investigation, and a certification diploma by the NTSB as an aircraft accident investigator.

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