FlightSafety Simulation Opens New Broken Arrow Facility
Construction crews had to battle some extreme weather conditions since last year in their task of building FlightSafety Simulation’s new design and manufacturing facility in Broken Arrow, Okla. But despite those challenges, workers marched on and finished the new 375,000-square-foot structure in seemingly break neck speed, giving company officials an opportunity to show off their new home as part of a grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony August 23.
An estimated 200 guests, including many city and state leaders, joined company officials and hundreds of FlightSafety employees to officially open the brand new facility. Company Vice President Rick Armstrong, opened the ceremony by thanking its many partners that helped make the occasion possible, including the City of Broken Arrow, Broken Arrow Economic Development Authority, Broken Arrow Chamber of Commerce and the State of Oklahoma, as well as the more than 700 “teammates” employed at FlightSafety.
"This state of the art facility enables FlightSafety to increase our local and state economic impact through our worldwide reach into the aviation market,” said Armstrong, who also serves as chairman of the Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission. “The value proposition that created the need for this facility was created over several decades by our talented, hard working, highly skilled teammates who are predominately from our local education markets -- the teammates from FlightSafety. Our value proposition is very strong going forward and allows us to train pilots and crews more effectively in simulation than in the aircraft.”
Following Armstrong’s opening comments, Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin praised city leaders and company officials for creating new jobs in Oklahoma.
"Any day there is an expansion of jobs, like right here in Broken Arrow, with over 300 new jobs added in one of our most important industries, the aerospace industry, it’s a great day for Oklahoma,” Fallin said.
Also providing remarks were Broken Arrow Mayor Mike Lester; Oklahoma Sen. Jim Inhofe; Congressman Jim Sullivan; and Bruce Whitman, president and chief executive officer of Flight Safety International.
After a brief ribbon-cutting ceremony that officially opened the state-of-the-art facility, refreshments and demonstrations of the many flight simulators were provided during the remainder of the festivities.
FlightSafety Simulation has been in business in the Tulsa area since 1978, moving to Broken Arrow in 1987 where it has been operating under four separate buildings. With the new expansion, the company will now be able to consolidate all its operations under one roof.
Parent company, FlightSafety International, is the world’s premier aviation training company and supplier of flight simulators, visual systems and displays to commercial, government and military organizations, providing more than a million hours of training each year to pilots, technicians and other aviation professionals around the world.
Nearly 700 people are employed at the Tulsa facility, including about 300 engineers. FlightSafety Simulation has an annual payroll in Tulsa of approximately $38 million and infuses about $45 million into the supplier base.
Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin speaks to a crowd gathered inside FlightSafety Simulation's new design and manufacturing facility during a grand opening ceremony August 23 to officially open the brand new facility in Broken Arrow as company Vice President Rick Armstrong listens intently.
An inside look at FlightSafety Simulation's new Broken Arrow facility following an official ribbon-cutting ceremony featuring Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin, Congressman Jim Inhofe and other state and local officials.