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Era Training Center Announces Randy Rowles as Recipient of HAI W. A. (Dub) Blessing Certified Flight Instructor of the Year Award

LAKE CHARLES, LA--(Marketwire - Mar 5, 2013) - Era Training Center (ETC) is pleased to announce that Randy Rowles, ETC Vice President and General Manager, has been named the recipient of the Helicopter International Association (HAI) W. A. (Dub) Blessing Certified Flight Instructor of the Year Award. Mr. Rowles was nominated by his peers, and will be honored at the Salute to Excellence Awards program on Wednesday, March 6, during HELI-EXPO 2013 in Las Vegas.

Mr. Rowles has served the commercial helicopter industry for more than 25 years with extensive experience in EMS, Corporate, Utility and Flight Training. Having accumulated more than 12,500 flight hours, he was designated as the first Master Certified Flight Instructor (MCFI) for Helicopters in 2010 and was the first MCFI in the State of Texas with more than 6000 flight hours of instruction given. Mr. Rowles has held positions including: Vice President of Business Development of Night-Vision Goggle Training Programs for Night Flight Concepts, Senior Flight Instructor Specialist for Bell Helicopter, and Founder of Palm Beach Helicopters, an FAA Part 141 Training School. He has represented the FAA as a Designated Pilot Examiner (DPE) for 20 years for all helicopter certificates and ratings, and was the first DPE approved for NVG Instructor endorsement issuance. He is a past chairman of the HAI Flight Training Committee and has generously given his time to promote safety through flight training initiatives to numerous helicopter organizations and aspiring pilots. To learn more about Mr. Rowles visit www.eratrainingcenter.com.

This is the second consecutive year an Era Training Center employee has received this prestigious award. After the announcement of the award, Mr. Rowles commented, "It is a great honor to receive such a prestigious award. It is humbling and with great pride to receive an award in the name of W.A. (Dub) Blessing; an industry peer to whom I hold in very high regard."

About Era Training Center

Era Training Center (ETC), a joint venture between Era Helicopters LLC and Frasca International, provides sophisticated, multidisciplinary helicopter flight training through innovative programs, state-of-the-art Flight Simulator Training Devices (FSTDs) and a diverse selection of aircraft for flight training. ETC is an FAA Approved Part 142 Training Center, and is certified by ANAC, the aviation authority of Brazil. ETC's existing Lake Charles, Louisiana, facility features three FAA-approved Level 6 FSTDs: the EC135 P2+, AS350B2, and the AW139. Maintenance training programs are available for most helicopter models operated by Era Helicopters LLC. ETC offers diverse training programs that are provided to a wide array of helicopter personnel, including corporate, oil and gas, EMS, ENG, law enforcement, government and military users. ETC is a USAIG approved "Safety Bucks" training center.

To learn more about Era Training Center and available courses, visit www.eratrainingcenter.com or for additional information, contact Ryann Tadlock, Marketing Manager, at (337) 656-4200.