Leonardo has developed additions to its portfolio of training services capabilities for the company’s growing customer base that cover rotorcraft unmanned aerial systems (UAS). The company was recently awarded an Authorized Training Organization Certificate for UAS released by ENAC (Italian National Civil Aviation Authority), allowing it to provide training services for light and very light category remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS), up to 25 kg. The training will be provided through Leonardo’s Helicopter Training Academy in Sesto Calende, Italy.
The new rotorcraft training services adds to the overall quality level and versatility of services provided by Leonardo, who claim that they are now the world’s first rotorcraft OEM with this capability. Leonardo can now respond to the evolving market demands by those helicopter operators who are increasingly using small UAS for their missions, including those carrying out disaster relief and emergency response tasks.
Leonardo is also developing a comprehensive training package for the AWHERO 200 kg-class unmanned helicopter, which has been involved in a successful maritime surveillance capability demonstration in the Mediterranean Sea, performed under the European OCEAN 2020 initiative. The training syllabus will exploit solutions and methodologies available for manned helicopters, and will leverage the long-established and rapidly growing training capabilities of the Company offered to operators worldwide through Training Academies and Centres. Among the available services, a mission planning system tool will be available based on the Leonardo SkyFlight system.