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AgustaWestland Approves FlightSafety Learning Center, Signs 11-Helicopter Contract with LCI

By Staff Writer | February 13, 2015


AgustaWestland has signed a contract with Lease Corporation International (LCI) for eleven helicopters valued at approximately €110 million (US $125 million). The contract includes a mix of AW169 light-intermediate, AW139 intermediate and AW189 super-medium twin engine helicopters that make up the AgustaWestland Family of helicopters spanning the 4 to 8 tonne helicopter categories. The helicopters will be supplied by LCI’s helicopter division to its clients in 2015 and 2016 to perform a range of missions including offshore transport, search and rescue, and aeromedical transport.

LCI and its customers will benefit from the commonality in design across the AW139, AW169 and AW189 family of new generation helicopters. These helicopters all possess the same high-performance flight characteristics and safety features, while sharing the same common cockpit concept and design philosophy. This approach facilitates synergies for operators of these models in areas such as training, flight operations, maintenance and support. LCI is owned by Libra Group, an international business group with 30 subsidiaries operating across five continents. Libra Group’s subsidiaries are primarily focused on aviation, shipping, hospitality, energy and real estate.

Photo courtesy AgustaWestland

AgustaWestland has also approved the FlightSafety International Learning Center in Lafayette, La., as an AgustaWestland Authorised Training Center.  FlightSafety International has been providing AW139 Training since May, 2013. Courses for the popular AW139 intermediate helicopter delivered from the Learning Center benefit from an AW139 Level D qualified Full Flight Simulator, which features FlightSafety’s electric motion and control loading technology and new VITAL 1100 visual system. The advanced VITAL 1100 visual system provides highly realistic visuals designed for comprehensive training scenarios. It is optimized for training low level flight operations, offers increased scene content, vastly improved weather features and enhanced levels of detail for optimum cueing. VITAL 1100 delivers the ability for helicopter pilots and crews to be completely immersed in all training requirements. The level D device is complemented by a comprehensive suite of courseware and training aids.

Photo courtesy AgustaWestland

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