To support growing demand for training services by pilots, cabin crew and maintenance technicians operating Leonardo helicopters throughout North and Latin America, the company plans to open a training academy within its production facility in Philadelphia.
Leonardo is investing $65 million in the 60,000-square-foot campus, which will mirror its facilities in Sesto Calende, Italy. The training academy will include maintenance training bays, virtual-enhanced training devices and Level D full flight simulators for the AW119, AW139 and AW609 tiltrotor, as well as new class rooms and customer lounges.
The facility will also introduce a full set of dedicated services for global customers of the AW609 as it enters mass production ahead of FAA civil certification, as well as the first U.S. AW169 full flight simulator, which Leonardo hopes will help avert crashes associated with tail rotor failures.
The training academy will also host Rotorsim, a Leonardo-CAE joint venture which has delivered nearly 250,000 training hours for Leonardo helicopters.
Leonardo expects the Philadelphia training academy to be completed in 2020.