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TRU expanding Florida training facilityTRU expanding Florida training facility

TRU Simulation and Training is expanding its Lutz, Florida, ProFlight Pilot Training Center with a 30,000-square-foot addition to house four additional full-motion advanced flight simulators, classrooms, and training aids. Construction at the training facility owned by Textron Aviation is expected to be complete by November, according to a Sept. 22 news release.

TRU Simulation and Training is adding a 30,000-square-foot addition to its Lutz, Florida, ProFlight Pilot Training Center near Tampa to house four additional full-motion advanced flight simulators, classrooms, and training aids. Photo courtesy of the Pasco County Economic Development Council.

The Tampa-area location specializes in military and business simulator manufacturing and serves as an FAA-certified Part 142 OEM-supported training center for Cessna’s Citation Jet and Beechcraft’s King Air lines.

After touring TRU’s operations center, Rep. Gus Bilirakis (R-Fla.) praised the company’s “innovative work” and said an enlarged facility would “bring more jobs to our area and boost our economy.” TRU also operates a training center in Carlsbad, California.

Additionally, TRU recently announced a distance learning option that allows pilots of Pro Line Fusion-equipped King Air 350 aircraft to train in the comfort of their homes. The company said in a news release that its Current 365 training program provides learning opportunities to keep pilots engaged year-round instead of participating in select recurrent training events. Pilots who prefer on-site training, however, will still have that option.

“Our customers often have hectic schedules and the flexibility of an FAA-approved distance learning option allows them to accomplish a large portion of their recurrent training requirements on the road or from the comfort of their own home,” said David Smith, TRU’s vice president of training centers.

David Tulis

David Tulis

Associate Editor Web/ePilot
AOPA Associate Editor Web/ePilot David Tulis joined AOPA in 2015 and is a seaplane-rated private pilot who enjoys vintage aircraft, aerobatic flying, and photography.
Topics: Aviation Industry, Advanced Training

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