Sikorsky Aerospace Services (SAS) has broken ground on a helicopter training complex at the Melgar Air Force Base in Colombia. The UH-60 Black Hawk flight training center, scheduled for completion later this year, will feature a full-motion, high-fidelity simulator to provide training for the Colombian Armed Services and other Latin American Sikorsky operators. The complete UH-60 cockpit replica is rated to FAA Level D. The Melgar simulator comes on the heels of Sikorsky’s strengthening of its service offerings in Colombia to add a maintenance support team. David Adler, president of Sikorsky Aerospace Services, stated that plans to expand depot capabilities for crash and battle-damaged helicopters are also underway. According to Sikorsky, Colombia operates the world’s fourth largest Black Hawk fleet, which recently surpassed 300,000 total flight hours.
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