FlightSafety International Relocates its Headquarters to the Columbus Region, Investing More Than $3 Million

July 22, 2021

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Columbus, Ohio – FlightSafety International, the world’s premier professional aviation training company and supplier of flight simulators, visual systems and displays, has announced plans to relocate its headquarters to Columbus, Ohio, investing $3.1 million. Hiring for administrative, finance, HR, legal, sales and marketing positions is currently underway and will continue throughout the remainder of 2021 into 2022. 

“We are excited for our future at FlightSafety,” said FlightSafety International President and CEO Brad Thress. “Being located in a vibrant, growing city like Columbus enhances our plans for recruitment and future growth. We couldn’t be prouder to be part of the Columbus community.” 

FlightSafety’s new location will help support the company’s long-term growth, talent recruitment and workforce retention in the Columbus Region. The company is adding more than 100 new jobs in Columbus. FlightSafety has more than 4,300 employees in the U.S., Canada and overseas. 

“FlightSafety International’s decision to establish its headquarters in Columbus is a testament to our growing aerospace and aviation sector,” said City of Columbus Mayor Andrew J. Ginther. “We are pleased to welcome the company to our Region, and we’re confident that this significant relocation will set the company up for continued success.” 

Founded in 1951 as FlightSafety Inc., FlightSafety International delivers world-class professional training to operators of business and regional aircrafts, and supplies flight simulators, visual systems and displays to commercial, military and government organizations. With learning centers located around the world, FlightSafety International offers more than 4,000 courses for pilots, technicians, flight attendants and dispatchers, and provides more than 1.4 million hours of training each year. FlightSafety has been recognized by Forbes as one of America’s Best Midsize Employers of 2021. 

“FlightSafety is expanding – creating great-paying jobs that will benefit Ohio’s citizens,” said Lt. Governor Jon Husted. “Ohio has the kind of pro-business policies that attract major industry leaders to move, grow and prosper here.” 

Aerospace and aviation is an industry with a growing importance in the Columbus Region and one of several diverse industries central to the Region’s manufacturing sector. Columbus is located in Franklin County, which is home to an estimated 1,310,300 residents. 

“Ohio is not only the birthplace of aviation, but an aerospace industry hub that is shaping the future of aerospace innovation worldwide,” said JobsOhio President and CEO J.P. Nauseef. “FlightSafety International’s decision to relocate its headquarters to the Columbus Region brings a world-class flight simulator supplier and an aviation training company that will grow with educated young talent from Ohio.” 


About FlightSafety International

FlightSafety International is the world’s premier professional aviation training company and supplier of flight simulators, visual systems and displays to commercial, government and military organizations. The company provides training for pilots, technicians and other aviation professionals from 167 countries and independent territories. FlightSafety operates the world’s largest fleet of advanced full-flight simulators at Learning Centers and training locations in the United States, Canada, France and the United Kingdom. For more details, please visit 

About the City of Columbus, Ohio 

The City of Columbus is the 14th largest city in the United States with a population of 879,170 residents. The Columbus economy is balanced with a combination of education, technology, government, research, insurance and health care entities as major employers within the City. Columbus is gaining nationwide recognition for its booming downtown, historic neighborhoods, arts and sporting districts, open attitude and a noticeably affordable quality of life. Learn more about the City of Columbus at 

About JobsOhio 

JobsOhio is a private nonprofit economic development corporation designed to drive job creation and new capital investment in Ohio through business attraction, retention and expansion. The organization also works to seed talent production in its targeted industries and to attract talent to Ohio through Find Your Ohio. JobsOhio works with six regional partners across Ohio Dayton Development Coalition, Ohio Southeast, One Columbus, REDI Cincinnati, Regional Growth Partnership and Team NEO. Learn more at Follow the company on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook. 

About One Columbus

As the economic development organization for the 11-county Columbus Region, One Columbus’ mission is to lead a comprehensive regional growth strategy that develops and attracts the world’s most competitive companies, grows a highly adaptive workforce, prepares our communities for the future, and inspires corporate, academic and public innovation throughout the Columbus Region. One Columbus expertly guides companies through the location decision process. Through strategic business outreach and customized research, the One Columbus team leverages public, private and institutional partnerships to grow the Columbus Region’s economy and strengthen its national and international competitiveness. Funding is received from more than 300 private organizations, local governments, academic institutions and JobsOhio. Learn more at 

One Columbus Media Contact

Amy Harman

FlightSafety International Media Contact

Staci Perkins

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