USAIG and ERA Announce Era Training Center as Approved “Safety Buck” Training Facility

United States Aircraft Insurance Group (USAIG) and Era Training Center LLC (Era Training Center) of Lake Charles, Louisiana announced today the addition of the Era Training Center as an approved source for Eurocopter AS350 and EC135 training. The approval will permit operators of AS350 and EC135 helicopters to use their USAIG “Safety Bucks” at the Era Training Center located at the Lake Charles Regional Airport beginning April 1, 2009.

Opened in mid-2008, Era Training Center achieved qualification of two advanced Level 6 Flight Simulator Training Devices: the AS350 B2 and EC135 CPDS P2+. In addition, the Center obtained a CFR part 142 Certificate designating it as a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Approved Training Center.

“Era Training Center is dedicated to being the benchmark for industry-wide safety and excellence in helicopter training,” stated Era's President, Neill Osborne. “Operators, Insurance Providers and regulators are more dedicated today than ever before to identify programs, like those we provide, that adhere to higher standards of quality training.”

Contact. For additional information about the USAIG preferred policyholder program for helicopter operators and the “Safety Buck” program, contact Michael J. Vanard, Senior Vice President, USAIG, at 206-621-8506; E-mail

For additional information about the Era Training Center, contact Paul White, General Manager, Era Training Center, at 337-656-4200, Email