Leonardo Helicopters has officially opened its AW101 Norway Training Centre at Stavanger Sola Airport.

The facility, which is housed in a new annex at the Thales Flight Training Centre, but is operated and managed by Leonardo Helicopters, will act as a dedicated satellite of the company’s Yeovil Training Academy, marking the further expansion of its Regional Training Centres.

The centre is equipped with a new AW101 Full Flight Simulator (FFS), a CAE Series 3000 device jointly developed by Leonardo and CAE to Level D, the highest qualification for commercial flight simulators.

It will also feature a Royal Norwegian Air Force-owned AW101 SAR console training device that is linked to the FFS to provide rear crew training.

The first training course at the centre, for Royal Norwegian Air Force pilots, started on 12th June 2017, prior to delivery of the first two of 16 aircraft ordered by the Norwegian Ministry of Justice and Public Security for search and rescue in 2013.

The centre was opened by Per-Willy Amundsen, Norway’s Minister of Justice & Public Security, who commented, “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.”