Leonardo has opened its AW101 Norway Training Centre that includes a new AW101 Full Flight Simulator (FFS) which will support the training of the country's aircrew.
Having been opened at Stavanger Sola Airport, the center also supports other AW101 customers, the company announced Tuesday.
The first training course at the centre, for Royal Norwegian Air Force pilots, also started Monday prior to delivery of the first two of 16 aircraft ordered by the Norwegian Ministry of Justice and Public Security for search and rescue.
Per-Willy Amundsen, Minister of Justice & Public Security, said at the opening ceremony “I’m delighted to officially open the AW101 Norway Training Centre which enables advanced training courses to be delivered to our search and rescue aircrew here in Norway, utilising the very latest simulation and training technologies.
This facility, will not only help reduce the cost of training, but most importantly will enhance safety and enable aircrew to exploit the new capabilities the AW101 helicopter and its systems will provide in service, Daniele Romiti, Managing Director of Leonardo Helicopters said.
He added that this AW101 simulator being built for Norway are the most advanced and capable search and rescue helicopters in the world today and we look forward to the aircraft entering service and serving the people of Norway for many years to come.” The AW101 Full Flight Simulator, jointly developed by Leonardo and CAE to Level D, the highest qualification for commercial flight simulators, is a CAE Series 3000 device.
Located in a new annex to the Thales Flight Training Centre, the simulator is operated and managed by Leonardo Helicopters to deliver its wide range of OEM training courses.
The centre will also house a Royal Norwegian Air Force owned AW101 SAR console training device that is linked to the FFS to provide rear crew training.
The facility is conveniently located just 800m from Stavanger Sola Airport, making it easily accessible for aircrew from around the world to attend type conversion courses, refresher training and specialised operational training for the AW101 helicopter.