AgustaWestland to Establish FlightSafety International as AW139 Authorised Training Centre in Louisiana

Finmeccanica – AgustaWestland announced the approval of the FlightSafety International Learning Centre in Lafayette, Louisiana, USA as an AgustaWestland Authorised Training Centre. FlightSafety International has been providing AW139 Training since May, 2013. Courses for the popular AW139 intermediate helicopter delivered from the Learning Centre benefit from an AW139 Level D qualified Full Flight Simulator which features FlightSafety’s electric motion and control loading technology and new VITAL 1100 visual system. The advanced VITAL 1100 visual system provides highly realistic visuals designed for comprehensive training scenarios. It is optimized for training low level flight operations, offers increased scene content, vastly improved weather features and enhanced levels of detail for optimum cueing. VITAL 1100 delivers the ability for helicopter pilots and crews to be completely immersed in all training requirements. The level D device is complemented by a comprehensive suite of courseware and training aids.

The establishment of FlightSafety by AgustaWestlandas an Authorised Training Centre represents the Company’s commitment to strong training partnerships and to its expanding global support and training services.

David Davenport, Senior Vice PresidentFlightSafety International said “We are very pleased to join AgustaWestland’s training network as an Authorised Training Centre and look forward to growing our relationship into the future”.

The AW139 is a new generation medium twin-turbine helicopter setting new standards in its class. To date, orders for more than 800 AW139 helicopters have been placed by approximately 220 customers from more than60 countries to carry out a wide range of missions including offshore transport, law enforcement and homeland security duties, EMS/SAR, utility, fire fighting, executive/private transport, and other government roles.

Through the training academies in Italy, UK, USA and Malaysia, AgustaWestland enjoys an enviable track record in successfully training both commercial and military pilots and maintainers from all over the world. Training programmes are tailored to meet a customer’s individual needs and operational requirements using established analytical processes. Training solutions and services are designed, developed and delivered through the entire lifecycle of the product to meet the demands of long-term operational support. Extensive use is made of multi-media tools and an expanding range of synthetic training devices ranging from e-learning, part-task maintenance and procedures trainers through to full mission and flight simulators.

FlightSafety International is the world’s premier professional aviation training company and supplier of flight simulators, visual systems and displays to commercial, government and military organizations. The company provides more than a million hours of training each year to pilots, technicians and other aviation professionals from 167 countries and independent territories. FlightSafety operates the world’s largest fleet of advanced full flight simulators at Learning Centers and training locations in the United States, Australia, Canada, China, France, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, South Africa, and the United Kingdom.

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