L3 Technologies, based in New York, USA, will partner with Surrey County Council in the UK to create a purpose-built airline training center and production facility for the manufacture of aircraft simulators. The L3 London Training Center will open in the second quarter of 2018, and will benefit pilots and trainees from across the aviation sector.
Covering an area of 150,000ft², the training center will be located on a five-acre site close to London Gatwick Airport. It will feature eight RealitySeven full flight simulators, fixed-based simulators, briefing rooms and classrooms, meeting rooms, and a restaurant. The production area will build 30 simulators per year, with office space for more than 300 employees.
For many years, L3 Technologies has been involved in pilot training, and employs around 380,000 people worldwide. It is also a leading provider of technology to the military, homeland security and commercial platforms.
Michael T Strianese, chairman and CEO, L3 Technologies, said, “We are very excited to announce this significant milestone for L3 Commercial Training Solutions. Our Center 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.”