Expansion at AW training academy
AgustaWestland has commenced construction work on a new simulator hall
at its “A. Marchetti” training academy located in Sesto Calende, Italy.
The new simulator hall will be able to house up to nine full-flight simulators
(FFSs) and six flight training devices (FTDs). The new facility will
accommodate FFSs for various aircraft including the new generation AW169, AW189
and AW609 rotorcraft that will all enter service between 2014 and 2016. The
building will also feature a roof top heliport capable of accepting rotorcraft
up to 11 tonnes all up mass. The heliport and main building is scheduled to be
completed with the first FFS installed in late 2012.
John Ponsonby, senior vice president training, AgustaWestland said “This
major investment in our training capabilities and capacity will allow us to
meet the growing demand for synthetic flight training services from our
existing customers and also for customers of our new generation rotorcraft that
will be entering service in the next few years.”
AgustaWestland has three training academies located in Italy, the UK
and USA and has recently
established a regional training centre in Malaysia. Rotorsim operates AW109,
AW139 and NH90 full flight simulators at Sesto Calende on behalf of
AgustaWestland and an AW139 FFS located at CAE’s
North East Training Centre in Morris Town, near New York City, USA.