leonardo to produce world’s first aw609 tiltrotor simulators

March 6, 2019

Leonardo announced at Heli-Expo 2019 in Atlanta the start of production  of  the  world’s  first  AW609  tiltrotor  Level  D  Full  Flight  Simulator  (FFS)  and  the intention  to  introduce  the  first  US-based  AW169  Level  D  Full  Flight  Simulator.  Both  will  be installed into the new Training Academy being developed at the Company’s helicopter facility based in Philadelphia and will be in service in 2020. 

The  AW609  simulator  is  developed  in  collaboration  with  CAE  and  based  on  the  CAE  3000 Series  FFS  that  features  CAE’s  revolutionary  roll-on/roll-off  cockpit  design,  enabling  cockpits representing  various  Leonardo  helicopter  types  to  be  used  in  the  full-motion  base  simulator.

Leonardo  and  CAE  will  also  develop  an  AW169  simulator  cockpit  to  be  made  available  and used in the CAE 3000 Series simulator. Both the AW609 and AW169 simulators for the new Training Academy in Philadelphia will be operated by Rotorsim, the joint venture owned equally by CAE and Leonardo.  

The  AW609  simulator  will  deliver  the  most  advanced  level  of  training  to  all  customers undertaking  the  AW609  Type  Rating  for  their  operations  worldwide,  as  well  as  for  recurrent training for rated pilots. Pilots in training will be able to practice all the required operational tasks and procedures for the AW609 tiltrotor in both normal and emergency conditions, both flight and mission related in all phases of flight. The AW609 FFS perfectly replicates the unique tiltrotor flight conditions, operating environments and the real aircraft behaviour with the possibility to also use Night Vision Goggles for night missions. The FFS will complement a full package of

training  services  dedicated  to  the  tiltrotor  and  offered  by  customers  trained  at  the  new  US Training  Academy.  The  AW169  simulator  will  meet  the  growing  demand  for  new  generation light-intermediate helicopter model training for crews in US and across North and Latin America.

The  introduction  of  these  two  advanced  simulation  systems  in  US  is  a  major  milestone  for Leonardo  for  the  delivery  of  training  services  as  the  AW609  mass  production  is  starting  in Philadelphia  and  the  AW169  success  across  the  entire  region  grows  further  for  a  range  of missions  including  VIP/Corporate  transport,  emergency  medical  service,  utility  and  law enforcement.  The  supply  of  training  services  based  on  advanced  technology  and  customer proximity is fully in line with the Company’s Industrial Plan. 

CAE’s roll-on/roll-off cockpit design is already used by Leonardo and CAE for other simulator systems in Italy. Using this design will result in a fully interchangeable FFS training solution with the AW609 and AW169 cockpits at the new Training Academy in Philadelphia. When not installed into the full-motion base simulator, the cockpit will serve as a fixed-base Flight Training Device (FTD), with a similar approach also available in the future for other types, thus significantly increasing the versatility and range of training services in US.