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Leonardo is extending its training services capabilities to cover rotary-wing unmanned aerial systems (RUAS) to provide 360° training solutions to its growing customer base, optimising mission effectiveness and safety, the company announced on 25 March.

The company has recently obtained an Authorized Training Organization Certificate for UAS, released by ENAC, the Italian National Civil Aviation Authority. With this certification Leonardo is now able to supply training services for light and very light category remotely piloted systems (up to 25kg) through its Helicopter Training Academy headquartered in Sesto Calende. The certification adds significantly to the overall quality level and versatility of training services provided by Leonardo, making it the world’s first rotorcraft OEM with this capability: it is expected to be recognised by EASA in 2021. This latest service addition allows Leonardo to respond to 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.

Furthermore, Leonardo is also developing a comprehensive training package for the AWHERO 200kg-class RUAS, which participated in the successful maritime surveillance capability demonstration conducted during the European OCEAN 2020 initiative in the Mediterranean in late 2019. The training syllabus will exploit solutions and methodologies available for piloted helicopters, leveraging the long-established and rapidly growing training capabilities offered to operators worldwide through Leonardo’s Training Academies and Centres in terms of technologies and simulation. Among the available services, a mission planning system tool based on the Leonardo SkyFlight system will allow customers to include one more operational service for the AWHERO.

Leonardo’s 200kg-class RUAS, the AWHERO. (Photo: Leonardo)

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