Leonardo-Finmeccanica's first Level D full-flight simulator for the new AW169 has received ENAC (Italian Civil Aviation Authority) and EASA certification, the company announced at Farnborough this week.
The simulator, jointly developed with CAE, is based at the Leonardo Training Academy in Sesto Calende, Italy. It features mission training, including offshore, law enforcement and private operations.
The event marks the first ever implementation of the EASA operational suitability data process for helicopters, per the new authority's requirements issued in January 2014. Those requirements mandate that aircraft manufacturers submit data EASA considers important for safe operations.