Leonardo introduces new training and flight operations services

At Heli-Expo, Leonardo is announcing a range of both new and further enhanced training and flight operation services aimed at a continued increase of safety, missions effectiveness and customer service quality.

Leonardo's new enhanced training device combines high-end training objectives with cost-effectiveness. Leonardo Image
Leonardo’s new enhanced training device combines high-end training objectives with cost-effectiveness. Leonardo Image

Leveraging its well established capability for the design of training devices including VIPT (virtual interactive procedural trainer), FTD (flight training device) and FFS (full flight simulator), Leonardo has now launched the new ETD (enhanced training device), enabling pursuit of training objectives that are typical of “higher-end” devices at a fraction of the cost. The result of a thorough assessment of market requirements, the ETD is based on a fixed flight training device combined with extensive use of touchscreen technology. It’s ideally suited for cockpit familiarization, automation training, standard/emergency procedure, training with platform specific avionics, flight management systems, radio management system, IFR, and multi-crew coordination. The ETD state-of-the-art reconfigurable and fully representative cockpit allows flight and mission simulation training for a number of helicopter models, ensuring the highest standard of fidelity and safety only possible through the design, delivery and support provided by Leonardo.

Following the successful release of the AW139 helicopter offshore FCOM (Flight Crew Operating Manual), the AW189 now follows in supporting the oil-and-gas community. The operations manual offers comprehensive information and guidance to establish a valuable reference resource for pilots during offshore operations. The main purpose is to further enhance safety and operational effectiveness, particularly for flight-crew management of automation and situational awareness, as well as contribute to crew standardization hence mitigating risks. The AW139 FCOM is the most widely used in the rotary wing industry and the AW189 FCOM builds on that experience.


The SkyFlight mission planning system has proven an incredibly helpful tool for an on ground evaluation of all aspects of the missions before take-off, in order to guarantee maximized safety and operational effectiveness, while reducing pilot workload and optimizing costs. SkyFlight now offers accurate weight and balance calculations with Cat. A performance for the AW139 helicopter and this capability will also be extended to the AW169 and AW189. These latest features are in line with the FCOMs provided by Leonardo, thus ensuring increased efficiency and safety. Customers can download and install the latest version of the Skyflight application onto their (Apple and Android) products, enabling access to the Skyflight Mobile Service.

Leonardo is also focusing on an additional range of safety-oriented training solutions such as in the case of the controlled flight into terrain mitigation education program. Full flight simulators are to be used to in order to enhance aircrew awareness and capabilities when encountering these hazards and implement dedicated procedures and best practices in the use of terrain awareness and warning system, synthetic vision system.

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