TRU’s ProFlight® Pilot Training Earns FAA Qualification for its King Air 350 Pro Line Fusion Distance Learning Program

September 19, 2016

TAMPA, FL—September 19, 2016—TRU Simulation + Training Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today that customers of its ProFlight pilot training program for King Air 350 now have the option to train at home through its FAA-approved distance learning option for BE-300 recurrent training. TRU’s East Coast ProFlight Pilot Training center was the first to offer instruction on the new Pro Line Fusion equipped King Air 350 aircraft and the only training provider to offer an online learning option for recurrent training.

The new distance learning option permits the customer flexibility to receive 100% of their Aircraft Systems Training online, allowing the customer to focus all time spent at the training center towards simulator training scenarios. TRU is also offering their proprietary Current 365® training, which provides access to the online training suite throughout the year, as opposed to a typical one-time recurrent training event. Current 365 is a sophisticated and engaging way of keeping customers refreshed on aircraft systems and procedures. Customers that prefer to complete their ground school training on-site in a classroom will still have the option to do so.

“TRU’s ProFlight pilot training maximizes learning potential by empowering our customers to take control of their training experience, customize the program to best fit their learning preferences, and fundamentally reduce their time spent in the training center,” stated David Smith, TRU’s Vice President of Training Centers. “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.”

TRU’s comprehensive ProFlight pilot training offering for the new production Beechcraft turboprop includes an initial type-rating course, an introduction course on the Rockwell Collins Pro Line Fusion avionics package, and a recurrent training program as well as a FAR part 135 training program. ProFlight instruction combines use of the King Air 350i full motion flight simulator and proprietary Level 6 flight training device for enhanced avionics training capability in a modern classroom setting that incorporates interactive animated courseware for all aircraft systems.

About TRU Simulation + Training
TRU Simulation + Training Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, delivers innovative, total aviation training solutions to the commercial and military markets while providing superior technical support and customer service. Headquartered in Goose Creek, S.C., the company is known for its high-fidelity training devices, pilot and maintenance training, military mission training, and aviation training services and support. More information is available at

About Textron, Inc.
Textron Inc. is a multi-industry company that leverages its global network of aircraft, defense, industrial and finance businesses to provide customers with innovative solutions and services. Textron is known around the world for its powerful brands such as Bell Helicopter, Cessna, Beechcraft, Hawker, Jacobsen, Kautex, Lycoming, E-Z-GO, Greenlee, Bad Boy Off Road, Textron Systems, and TRU Simulation + Training. For more information visit:

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