Sydney’s ACE Training Centre authorized by Leonardo

Toll Group Press Release | January 13, 2021

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The ACE Training Centre in Sydney, home to Australia’s only OEM-endorsed AW139 full flight simulator (FFS), is now formally part of the Leonardo global network of authorized training centers. 

The 120-seat auditorium at the ACE Training Centre. ACE Photo

Owned and operated by Toll, the ACE Training Centre was established in 2016, in partnership with NSW Ambulance, to initially deliver training for the Toll Ambulance Rescue Helicopters’ aeromedical crew.

Established as a center of training excellence locally, it is now positioned to expand its presence into neighboring markets. As an authorized training center, the partnership offers the AW139 type rating and recurrent training packages with a Leonardo-approved full flight simulator and syllabus.

Eight dedicated ACE flight examiners and instructors met the high standards required by Leonardo to instruct and assess students. Further, two ground school instructors are part of the team to deliver the technical elements of a type rating.

The ACE Training Centre general manager, Scott Watkins said “We have always had an exceptional working relationship with Leonardo, this formalized partnership makes us part of a worldwide network of AW139 training facilities.”

Established as a world class center of excellence for training, ACE Training Centre offers:

  • Level D AW139 full flight simulator (FFS) jointly developed by Leonardo and CAE
  • Three classrooms for multimedia training and briefing / debriefing rooms
  • AW139 type rating course content
  • Instructor experience

“We are very proud of our long-standing relationship with Leonardo, to be part of their global network of training centers is recognition of Toll’s commitment to delivering excellence in training. This is a groundbreaking partnership and the first of its kind in the Leonardo training network, we are committed to playing a part in the ongoing success of the AW139 program,” said Colin Gunn, general manager, Toll Helicopters.

Leonardo Helicopters’ Paolo Petrosso, vice president of simulation and training services commented: “Under the current circumstances, and in alignment with our promise to remain close to our customers, we take great pride in this step of accrediting Toll as a Leonardo-authorized training center for the AW139 type rating and recurrent training, reinforcing our continuous commitment to take care of our customers and make learning accessible to them wherever they are located, be it through our virtual platform or physical network of training centers within which we are thrilled to now include Toll.”

The AW139 is the most successful helicopter program in the last 15 years. The aircraft has shown outstanding flexibility for the widest range of civil, parapublic and military applications and has become a benchmark for emergency medical service in its category. Over 300 AW139s fly today in Australasia and almost 60 are in service in Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea, primarily for rescue and public service duties. As the fleet grows and the aircraft capabilities develop over time, ACE is uniquely positioned in Australia to remain relevant and up to date.

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