Leonardo has announced the official opening of its AW101 Norway Training Centre at Stavanger Sola Airport by Per-Willy Amudsen, Minister of Justice & Public Security. The training centre includes a new AW101 full flight simulator (FFS) which will support the training of Norwegian aircrew and will also be available to other AW101 customers.
The first training course at the centre, for Royal Norwegian Air Force pilots, has also started prior to deliver of the first two of 16 aircraft ordered by the Norwegian Ministry of Justice and Public Security for search and rescue.
The AW101 full flight simulator, jointly developed by Leonardo and CAE to Level D, 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 AW101 service in Sola will be a dedicated satellite of Leonardo Helicopters' Yeovil Training Academy, marking a further expansion of its Regional Training Centres.