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Monday, February 23, 2009

Chealander to Join Airbus

Steven Chealander will join Airbus Industries next month as the company's vice president, technical training.  Chealander will assume his duties on March 9th at Airbus' Training Center in Miami, FL.  Chealander is currently one of five members of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), a post to which he was nominated by President George W. Bush in 2006 – and confirmed in January 2007. He has resigned from the Board, effective February 28th. Before joining the Safety Board, Chealander spent 15 years at American Airlines in positions of increasing responsibility, including pilot, chief pilot, flight safety manager and manager of flight operations efficiency.  Prior to his tenure with American, Chealander served in the U.S. Air Force from 1964 to 1991.
One of six Airbus Americas facilities in the United States, the Airbus Training Center (ATC) in Miami is a custom-design, $50 million, 100,000-square-foot facility that houses cabin door and slide trainers, state-of-the-art computer-based training classrooms, aircraft system trainers and five full-motion flight simulators. Nearly 100 employees at ATC Miami are dedicated to training some 3,000 air crewmembers each year, mostly from North and Latin America. ATC Miami is one of four Airbus Training Centers worldwide.

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