22-Jul-2010 Source: AgustaWestland
AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica Company, and Osprey Training of Sweden are pleased to announce that they have signed an agreement for the establishment of a fully integrated Search and Rescue Training Centre in Sweden, based on the AW139 medium twin turbine helicopter. Under this agreement, the Centre will provide AgustaWestland accredited training services to pilots, crewmen and maintenance technicians from AW139 operators across the Scandinavian and Baltic regions. The purpose-built Training Centre will be located in Gothenburg and is will become operational by mid-2012.
Osprey Training is a newly created company to emerge from Norrlandsflyg A.B. the largest helicopter operator and the only SAR operator in Sweden. Norrlandsflyg is a Swedish company based in Gothenburg, which has successfully been delivering Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS) since 1970 and a Search & Rescue (SAR) service for the Swedish Government since 2002. The creation of the first AgustaWestland accredited training centre in Scandinavia will initially be certified in accordance with Swedish CAA regulations, with the intention of expanding into EASA and FAA regulated training. This new training centre will extend AgustaWestlandâ€™s AW139 world class helicopter training to a regionally based SAR operator and training provider. The training centre will be equipped with a dual-certified AW139 Level 3 Flight Training Device / Level B Full Flight Simulator and further training devices to deliver AW139 pilot and maintenance engineer training alongside SAR mission-specific training. Osprey Trainingâ€™s decision to partner with AgustaWestland is evidence of its confidence in AgustaWestland and the AW139 to deliver the best search and rescue helicopter training and value for money training solutions for the benefit of customers. Setting up a training centre in Sweden will enable AgustaWestland to also better serve existing and potential new customers in the oil & gas industry, passenger transport, EMS and offshore wind farm industry market. This confirms AgustaWestlandâ€™s commitment to getting closer and closer to its growing customer base by supporting operators close to where they have their own business or are called upon to perform their services. Capitalizing upon the resources and synergies of Osprey Training and AgustaWestland will enable the delivery of world class training services in region.
AgustaWestland is a provider of professional training services to a wide range of commercial, para-military and military customers around the world. Operators are assured of receiving highly effective training solutions by delivery of individual, team and collective course tailored to their requirements. The training is designed to allow customers to fully exploit AgustaWestland’s high capability aircraft and their mission capabilities. The AW139 is experiencing growing success in the Scandinavian and Baltic regions and is now in service performing a wide range of roles including EMS/SAR, passenger transport, offshore transport, border patrol and fire fighting. AgustaWestland sees further business opportunities in the future in the area for this model.