Caverton, an aviation and marine logistics company in the Nigerian oil and gas sector, have signed the factory acceptance on a AW139 reality H full-flight level D simulator with Thales. The signing took place in Cergy Pontoise, near Paris.

The move is part of Caverton's strategy to diversify its portfolio of services to include flight simulation training services.

The Thales simulator will provide scenario-based flight and mission training to AW139 helicopter operators across the African continent.

With this simulator, Caverton will deliver various types of training at its facility in Nigeria. These include Initial Type Rating, Recurrent Training and Proficiency Checks for Visual Flight Rules (VFR) and Instrument Flight Rules (IFR).

This simulator will enable pilots to become certified to fly the AW139 under various civil aviation authority approvals.

"This is an important milestone," said Rotimi Makanjuola, Managing Director Caverton Helicopters. "Not just for Caverton as an indigenous company, but for Nigeria and the African continent.

"We believe that the simulator will ultimately benefit our customers and increase accessibility to world class flight simulation training services."