Five and three year training contracts for EMS operator STARS of Canada and New Jersey State Police Department in US, respectively
· Both customers operate AW139 helicopters
· The combined training agreements will deliver more than 2,600 simulator flight hours
Finmeccanica-AgustaWestland announced today that long term training service contracts have been signed with customers operating AW139 intermediate twin helicopters in the United States and Canada.
Signing a five year training contract, helicopter emergency medical services provider STARS, operating three AW139s throughout Western Canada, is extending its agreement with AgustaWestland to provide recurrent training for its AW139 pilots. A non-profit helicopter air ambulance organization that provides rapid and specialized emergency care and transportation for critically ill and injured patients, STARS operates from bases in Regina, Saskatoon, Calgary, Edmonton, Grande Prairie, and Winnipeg.
The State of New Jersey has signed a three year training contract, with the option to add two additional years, that features a comprehensive package of services including simulator training for pilots of the multi-mission AW139 helicopters operated by New Jersey State Police. The State Police’s fleet of five AW139s is tasked with law enforcement, surveillance, EMS, and homeland security activities.
These contracts combined will deliver more than 2,600 simulator flight hours to the pilots of STARS and New Jersey State Police, enhancing the operational readiness and providing customers with unprecedented fleet and crew management capabilities, enhancing flexibility and safety while also reducing costs. The simulator training will be conducted at Rotorsim USA, a joint venture of AgustaWestland and CAE.
Note to editors on AgustaWestland training services
With over 300 professional training personnel, AgustaWestland has delivered essential training to the world’s helicopter operators for over 60 years. Our team includes flight and technical instructors with considerable military and civilian helicopter experience.
AgustaWestland’s training capability is underpinned by four Training Academies at Sesto Calende in Italy, Yeovil in the UK, Philadelphia in the United States and in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. All feature the latest synthetic training devices combined with a comprehensive programme of training courses for air crew, rear crew, ground crew and maintainers.