Siko­rsky Aero­space Ser­vices launches Black Hawk Train­ing Cen­ter In Colom­bia


Siko­rsky Aero­space Ser­vices (SAS) has an­nounced the open­ing of a new UH-60 Black Hawk He­li­copter Flight Sim­u­la­tor Train­ing Cen­ter at the Colom­bian Air Force Base in Mel­gar. The first of its kind in South Amer­ica, the cen­tre pro­vides pilot and flight crew train­ing for the Colom­bian Armed Ser­vices and Siko­rsky mil­i­tary cus­tomers through­out the re­gion. Siko­rsky Aero­space Ser­vices, Siko­rsky’s af­ter­mar­ket busi­ness, is over­see­ing train­ing and sup­port ef­forts in Colom­bia. Siko­rsky Air­craft Corp. is a sub­sidiary of United Tech­nolo­gies Corp.

“Op­er­at­ing the world’s fourth-largest Black Hawk fleet, Colom­bia is a long­time strate­gic cus­tomer and val­ued part­ner,” said David Adler, SAS Pres­i­dent. “Based on their fleet re­quire­ments, SAS con­tin­ues to ex­pand in-coun­try af­ter­mar­ket ser­vices. In fact last year we dou­bled the main­te­nance sup­port team and ex­panded de­pot ca­pa­bil­i­ties for crash and bat­tle dam­aged air­craft. The new train­ing fa­cil­ity will fur­ther im­prove the op­er­a­tional readi­ness of the Colom­bian Armed Ser­vices. Ad­di­tion­ally, it’s a ma­jor mile­stone that ex­em­pli­fies our over­all com­mit­ment to Siko­rsky cus­tomers in Latin Amer­ica.”

The new train­ing cen­tre of­fers the re­gion’s only full mo­tion, high fidelity, FAA Level D Equiv­a­lent Black Hawk sim­u­la­tor—the high­est qual­i­fi­ca­tion cur­rently avail­able. Equipped with in­dus­try lead­ing mo­tion and con­trol load­ing tech­nol­ogy, it of­fers a highly de­tailed cock­pit repli­ca­tion of all con­trols and air­craft sys­tems in­clud­ing wide-field out­side-world vis­ual sys­tems. All com­po­nents are mounted on six de­gree-of-freedom mo­tion plat­forms that re­spond to pilot con­trol move­ments and ex­ter­nal aero­dy­namic fac­tors.

“The Black Hawk he­li­copter is an in­te­gral com­po­nent for us to suc­cess­fully de­feat narco ter­ror­ism. Our abil­ity to sus­tain in-coun­try pilot train­ing is para­mount. As our re­la­tion­ship with Siko­rsky con­tin­ues to evolve, we are pleased to part­ner in this train­ing ef­fort,” said Bri­gadier Gen­eral del Aire Guillermo Leon Leon, Gen­eral Man­ager, CIAC.

The new EADS head­quar­ters in Toulouse will be fully op­er­a­tional as of Septem­ber 1, 2013. “I wish to thank the works coun­cils in France and Ger­many for con­struc­tive and trust­ful ne­go­ti­a­tions over the last few months. This agree­ment is a key mile­stone to fur­ther in­te­grat­ing EADS. We will sup­port our em­ploy­ees in the best way pos­si­ble to en­sure a smooth tran­si­tion process to­wards a sin­gle op­er­a­tional head­quar­ters”, said Tom En­ders, CEO of EADS.

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