Published Oct 28, 2019 by Melissa Fox
Aviation training company FlightSafety International (FSI), announced this month it will build a state-of-the-art learning center at the Houston Spaceport at Ellington Airport. The 30-year land lease will make New York-based FSI the anchor tenant in the spaceport’s first phase of construction.
The center will be equipped with 12 flight simulators for a variety of aircraft. These simulators, along with other remote, unmanned systems training courses, will provide training for pilots, flight attendants and maintenance technicians.
“This is a big win for the Houston Spaceport,” Ellington Airport and Spaceport General Manager Arturo Machuca said. “This reaffirms our vision of the Houston Spaceport becoming a center for aviation and aerospace training. The future is here, and Houston is leading the way.”
The lease also includes potential expansion for four additional flight simulators and parking.
FSI will begin construction on the $16 million, 90,000-square-foot facility in the spring of 2020, with completion expected by the summer of 2021. The new facility will replace FSI’s existing Houston Learning Center at William P. Hobby Airport. FlightSafety told the Houston Business Journal an estimated 140 to 200 employees will work at the new center.
“Welcoming a great tenant like FlightSafety International is a key step forward as Houston works to develop one of the nation’s leading spaceports,” said Susan Davenport, senior vice president of economic development at the Greater Houston Partnership. “Houston has long been a ground-breaking hub of aerospace training, and this project continues that tradition. This new facility, and the Spaceport more broadly, will help propel the next generation of aviation and aerospace professionals.”
Houston Spaceport celebrated the groundbreaking of Phase 1 at a ceremony on June 28. The estimated $18.8 million project will focus on streets, electrical power, maintenance lines, as well as distribution, fiber optics and communications facilities. The project will also include 53,000-square-feet of lab and office space.
The Houston Spaceport became the nation’s 10th commercial spaceport when the Federal Aviation Administration granted its license in 2015.
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