Boeing acquires leading pilot training software provider
Boeing Oct. 12 announced it has acquired Peters Software GmbH, a market leading provider of European Aviation Safety Agency based training content for early stage pilot training.
Located in Cologne, Germany, Peters Software specializes in curriculum and materials for commercial and private pilots operating in rapidly growing markets aligned with EASA.
“The high-quality software that Peters Software develops enhances Boeing’s customized pilot training content to meet specific needs of our customers,” said Stan Deal, senior vice president, Commercial Aviation Services, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “This acquisition allows Boeing Flight Services to offer training materials consistent with the standards set by the European Aviation Safety Agency, one of the world’s leading aviation regulatory authorities.”
According to Boeing’s Pilot and Technician Outlook, airlines will need 558,000 new pilots over the next 20 years to support the growth in the global fleet. This acquisition helps Boeing meet the growing global demand for qualified aviation personnel.
Terms of the agreement are not being disclosed. Peters Software and its team of approximately 20 full time employees joined Boeing upon contractual signing.
“We value the expertise of the team in Cologne and welcome the Peters Software employees to the Boeing Company,” said Matthew Ganz, president Boeing Germany and Northern Europe and vice president European Technology Strategy. “This is an important step for Boeing and provides new opportunities to the Peters Software team as Boeing continues to grow its business, footprint and engagement in Germany.”
Boeing trains approximately 1,200 flight, maintenance, and cabin safety personnel daily throughout its global training network. Boeing provides a comprehensive portfolio of pilot, maintenance and cabin safety training at 17 campuses on six continents.
Turkey says jets again harassed at border with Syria
Turkey’s military says two Syrian jets and surface-to-air missile systems based in Syria have harassed three F-16 jets patrolling the Turkish-Syrian border.
A military statement Oct. 11 said the missile systems locked radar on the Turkish jets for two minutes while Syrian SU-22 and SU-24 jets placed the Turkish planes under lock for two minutes and 35 seconds. It said the incidents occurred on Saturday.
Turkey has been complaining about harassment of its jets on border patrols for the past week.
Last week, two Russian warplanes strayed into Turkish airspace during Russia’s air campaign in Syria, drawing strong protests from Turkey and its NATO allies. AP