Leonardo Helicopters announced the official opening of its AW101 Norway Training Centre at Stavanger Sola Airport on 12 June.

The first training course at the centre, for Royal Norwegian Air Force pilots, also started on 12 June prior to delivery of the first two of 16 aircraft ordered for search and rescue (SAR).

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 original equipment manufacturer (OEM) training courses. The centre will also house a Royal Norwegian Air Force owned AW101 search and rescue console training device that is linked to the full flight simulator to provide rear crew training.

The AW101 simulator combines a Leonardo Helicopters developed flight dynamic model, avionics and aircraft software modeling, with CAE’s core simulation technologies, including CAE True six degree-of-freedom electric motion system and high-performance vibration platform to replicate vibration cues critical to helicopter pilots; a high-fidelity CAE Medallion-6000 visual system; and a direct projection 210 degree by 80 degree extreme field-of-view dome display system.

This new simulator also includes mission systems such as SAR autopilot modes, digital map, radar, aircraft mission management computer, multi-purpose control and display units, cockpit display system and flotation system.

In December 2013 Leonardo Helicopters signed a contract with the Norwegian Ministry of Justice and Public Security for 16 AW101 helicopters and support and training services for the initial 15 years.

(AW101 full flight simulator, Leonardo Helicopters).

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