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FlightSafety International has announced that Hector Zarate has been named interim president of FlightSafety Services Corporation. He replaces Ron Ladnier who will retire at the end of June.
“Hector has an in-depth understanding of government and military training requirements and the knowledge, experience, and leadership skills required to assume this important responsibility,” said Ray Johns, executive vice president. “We thank Ron for his outstanding service and many significant contributions to our success. He has helped to further enhance the capabilities of FlightSafety Services by incorporating the latest technical advances in training and simulation into the products and services we offer. All of us with FlightSafety wish Ron all the best in retirement.”
In his new role, Zarate assumes responsibility for all operations of FlightSafety Services which provides turnkey aircrew training systems (ATS) and contractor logistics support (CLS) to customers worldwide. This includes military aircrew training, advanced technology training devices, support for computer based workstations and support for simulators at 15 U.S. military bases. Programs include the KC-46 ATS, T38 CLS, KC-10 ATS, HC-130P and MV-22/V-22 Osprey CLS.
Zarate joined FlightSafety as an instructor and maintenance manager in 1986 and has held a number of positions with increasing responsibilities since then. They include serving as a systems engineer, senior systems engineering manager, C-5 deputy program manager, and most recently as program manager for the KC-46.