L3 Technologies has announced its L3 Commercial Training Solutions (L3 CTS) unit will partner with Surrey County Council to construct of a purpose-built airline pilot training centre and production facility for the manufacture of aircraft simulators.
The new training facility, to be named L3 London Training Centre, is scheduled to become operational in the second quarter of 2018. The centre will be located on a five-acre site close to London Gatwick Airport.
“We are very excited to announce this significant milestone for L3 Commercial Training Solutions,” said Michael T. Strianese, L3’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.
“Our Centre of Excellence will provide increased airline training capacity for our customers around the globe, as well as serve as an economic development catalyst for the London Gatwick area and drive continued sales growth. This investment clearly demonstrates our commitment to our L3 CTS business and helping airlines address the growing demand for trained pilots.”
The London Training Centre will be equipped with:
- Eight RealitySeven full flight simulators
- Fixed-based simulators
- Briefing rooms and classrooms
- Meeting rooms
The production facility will provide manufacturing capacity for 30 simulators per year to meet the growing backlog and demand for L3 CTS products and will include office space for more than 300 employees.
L3 Commercial Training Solutions (L3 CTS) includes L3 Link UK, L3 CTC Aviation and L3 Aerosim-CTC. It provides a full spectrum of state-of-the-art training solutions, including ab initio training, airline training, aircrew resourcing, training centres and high-fidelity simulation products.