29 April 2021
The new facility is located on the Philadelphia campus where Leonardo assembles the AW139, AW119Kx and AW609, and where it provides customer support across North and South America. It allows for ground, in-flight and virtual training to student pilots, making available digital courses, flight activities, simulation and mission training to meet any mission profile.
The US Academy also provides training for maintenance personnel, with on sight maintenance trainers and tools.
The main features of this new training location are:
- 10 multi-media classrooms, sized for both intimate and large group training, equipped with the latest technology, designed to provide interactive 2D/3D graphic content
- Three maintenance simulators, one AW139, one AW119 and soon one AW609
- Two full-flight motion simulators, one AW139 and one AW169/AW609 with roll-on/roll-off capability. Jointly developed by Leonardo and CAE and operated by their Rotorsim JV, the simulators provide realistic training for specific missions, including off-shore, law enforcement, EMS and passenger transport. Additionally, an empty bay exists to allow the addition of a third full flight simulator to be added in the future to be based on demand
- Special amenities for students to either take a break and mentally recharge through meditation and thoughtful reflection in a quiet, dedicated room - or ramp up their endorphins utilizing exercise equipment in gym that includes locker rooms and showers for customer convenience.