L3 Commercial Aviation said it plans to open a U.S.-based airline training center near Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) as the company seeks to address the growing pilot shortage in the United States.
The training center in Arlington, Texas, will offer pilot training courses and dry leasing options for airline customers using L3’s RealitySeven full-flight simulators, the company said. It will supplement L3’s existing U.S. pilot training business, including the L3 Airline Academy in Sanford, Florida, which has been training more than 600 new civilian pilots a year.
“We are excited to make this commitment to L3’s operations and to grow our long-established pilot training presence in the U.S.,” said Robin Glover-Faure, president of Commercial Training Solutions, which is part of L3 Commercial Aviation. “We look forward to welcoming current and new airline customers as we enhance aviation safety, performance and cost-efficiency. This investment reflects our confidence in the future of the commercial aviation sector and mirrors the growing demand for effective and efficient pilot training in the region and around the world.”
The commercial pilot training center, the company said, will be co-located with the L3 Link Training & Simulation headquarters and training center. The commercial airline training center is scheduled to open in October and will provide a “progressive learning environment” that initially will feature Airbus A320 and Boeing 737NG simulators together with classrooms and briefing rooms.
“The expanded portfolio and presence will allow L3 to offer uniquely tailored pilot training solutions, from initial training through type rating, as well as recurrent and command upgrade,” L3 said in a statement. “The center will be well placed to support airline customers in the U.S., Canada and South America.”