LANGKAWI: PWN Excellence Sdn Bhd (PWN) believes the demand for AW139 helicopter pilot training in Southeast Asia will continue to expand as the number of operators for the type continues to grow.
They are either from major air transport operators, government agencies or private charter services.
Its head of training, Captain Mohd Hazani Razalli, said PWN provides "Level D" Full Flight Simulator (FSS) training, comprising initial type rating (multi- or single-pilot), type recurrent training and special mission training, as well as pilot enhancement courses.
PWN is a fully Malaysian-owned company. Since its inception in 2013, PWN's training facilities are certified by the Civil Aviation Authority of Malaysia (CAAM) and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), for Leonardo Helicopters' AW139 model.
PWN became Leonardo Helicopters S.p.A's (previously known as AgustaWestland), Authorised Synthetic Training Centre (ASTC) for AW139 in 2012. Its centre is the third such facility in the world, after Italy and the United States, to offer AW139 Full Flight Simulator (FFS) "Level D" training.
Captain Hazani said pilot training encompasses various aspects of air operations, including passenger transportation (especially for the oil and gas industry), law enforcement agencies, military operations and private aircraft operators.
“The duration of our training courses varies, depending on the type of training we provide our customers, averaging from a week to one-and-a half-months. As an approved training organisation, PWN is also authorised to issue an endorsement certification once the pilots complete their training, depending on the type of training,” he told New Straits Times recently.
“We divide our training into two parts - AW139 pilot training and pilot enhancement training. PWN streamlines the training methodology, sequencing, and syllabus for the AW139 helicopter pilot training under one roof,” he said.
The training services comprise type rating (initial type rating conversion course, initial low hours conversion course and instrument rating conversion course); type recurrent training; mission training; and, pilot's enhancement course (type rating instructor's course, synthetic instructor's training course, crew resource management and aircraft commander's course).
“We can tailor our training to meet industry requirements and the needs of aviation human resource. We do this by working with the various air operators and customising our training to suit their needs.
“The market is always there, and we need to give them the best training in terms of methodology, course materials, the vast experience from our pool of instructors and in a world-class training facility.
“As at December 2018, we have trained about 3,800 pilots from 31 countries, having completed more than 25,000 flight hours,” he added.