AgustaWestland, March 18, 2015 - AgustaWestland announced today the signature at Langkawi International Maritime & Aerospace (LIMA) exhibition of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with PWN Excellence Sdn Bhd and CAE to evaluate the introduction of both AW169 and AW189 Full Flight Simulators (FFS) in Malaysia.
Under the MoU the companies will evaluate the market for AW169 and AW189 helicopters in the region and the resulting demand for FFS hours as well as developing a business case.
The signing of this MoU by AgustaWestland, PWN Excellence and CAE to explore the opportunity to introduce AW169 and AW189 full flight simulators builds on the successful partnership that already provides AW139 simulator services to customers in the region. In the same way the AW139 has, the new generation AW169 and AW189 helicopters are establishing themselves as the market leaders in their respective weight classes and AgustaWestland believes there is a significant potential market in Asia that would benefit from simulators being available in the region.
“PWN Excellence is very committed to this partnership as this collaboration will be another milestone in the development of its a comprehensive helicopter training centre in this region. We would be pleased to provide AW169 and AW189 training services to customers in the region to support safe operations and crew readiness”, said Dato’ Edron Hayata Ahmad, Chairman of PWN Excellence.
Subject to a successful business case AgustaWestland, PWN Excellence and CAE expect to expand their partnership which has already successfully introduced a CAE 3000 Series AW139 FFS with Level D capability at PWN’s training centre in Selangor, Malaysia. This was the first FFS simulator of an AgustaWestland helicopter type in the Asia Pacific region.
PWN Excellence Sdn Bhd, a strategic partner of National Aerospace & Defence Industries (NADI), which is a leading company in the Malaysian aviation sector, manages the CAE 3000 Series AW139 FFS as an AgustaWestland Authorised Synthetic Training Centre. The CAE 3000 Series FFS was jointly developed by CAE and AgustaWestland and is now supported and maintained by CAE, to provide simulation training hours to the AgustaWestland Training Academy (AWTA) Malaysia in support of AgustaWestland's customer training requirements throughout Asia, China and Australasia. This relationship would be extended for the proposed AW169 and AW189 FFSs.
The AW169 is part of the AgustaWestland family of new generation helicopters that includes the AW139 and AW189 models, which possess the same high performance flight characteristics and safety features as well as sharing a common cockpit layout, design philosophy and maintenance/training concept. This commonality allows more effective operations for customers operating helicopter fleets across the 4 to 8.5 tonne categories. Almost 150 AW169 helicopters have now been ordered by customers around the world for a wide range of applications including air ambulance, law enforcement, corporate & VIP transport, offshore transport and utility roles.
The AW189 is a new generation super medium twin engine helicopter and can carry up to 19 passengers. It entered service in 2014 and is now operating with several of the world’s large fleet operators that support the offshore oil and gas industry. The AW189 has also been developed for the SAR market which will benefit from the aircraft’s large cabin, long range and exceptional performance. Orders, options and commitments for more than 150 AW189 helicopters have been placed by customers around the world making it the market leader in its class.
AgustaWestland Malaysia Sdn Bhd, a wholly owned subsidiary of AgustaWestland, continues to play a major role in the Malaysian helicopter market expanding its presence and increasing its capabilities through a continued programme of investment. AgustaWestland Malaysia’s regional maintenance and support centre, located at Kuala Lumpur's Subang - Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport, is a Malaysian DCA approved maintenance and repair organization. AgustaWestland Malaysia Sdn Bhd provides local support and training for the growing fleet of AgustaWestland customers in the region and is home to one of AgustaWestland’s four Training Academies.
PWN Excellence Sdn Bhd (PWNE) is the largest AgustaWestland Authorized Synthetic Training Centre (ASTC) and the first of its kind in the region which offers AW139 Full Flight Simulator (FFS) training services.
Located in Subang, the hub of Malaysian Aeronautical Industry, PWNE is strategically located to ensure its clients will benefit from both the conducive environment of the training facility as well as the best that Kuala Lumpur and Malaysia as a whole can offer. PWNE training facilities comply with the requirements set forth by Malaysia Department of Civil Aviation (DCA), European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) to name a few, to provide “LEVEL D” Full Flight Simulator Training.