All TH-119 worldwide are built and supported by AWPC in Philadelphia, PA. Located at Northeast Philly Airport, our facility is the home of the U.S. Customer Service and Support Center for maintenance and training, in addition to supporting more than 20 Regional Service Centers (USA, Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Panama) and nearly 500 aircraft across the Americas.
Ready to Grow
The TH-119’s high power margins make it ready for the future; ensuring the pilots of today and tomorrow gain the competence and experience they need.
“Leonardo’s TH-119 is not only the best solution for our Naval Aviators, but also for our taxpayers. The TH-119’s single engine profile ensures that our student pilots can accomplish every critical learning task in their syllabus while simultaneously saving our taxpayers nearly a billion dollars over the life of the program. I’m proud to support Leonardo’s TH-119 as the next Advanced Navy Training Helicopter.”
– Tom Ridge, Former US Secretary of Homeland Security
Doug Edge, a former US Navy Helicopter Instructor Pilot and current Leonardo Helicopters Instructor and Production Test Pilot knows what is important when teaching aspiring helicopter pilots; Flying as frequently as possible and maneuver repetition. A modern training helicopter must support both.
“The TH-119 is uniquely suited to be the next advanced training helicopter. It brings performance and capabilities that greatly reduce the risks associated with teaching students the essential helicopter pilot survival skills such as (full) touchdown autorotations and tail rotor malfunctions. A training helicopter needs to be durable enough to do it day after day, in all conditions and be turned over to the next crew to do it all over again. The TH-119 is always ready.”
“Instrument training is fundamental for naval aviators and it’s an essential part of every naval aviator’s job. The joint primary trainer and most fleet helicopters are now equipped with glass cockpits. The current advanced training helicopter still has analog “steam” gauges, which causes students to take a technological step backward at the end of their training pipeline. They have to re-learn instruments they saw during Introductory Flight Screening – just for this helicopter. It adds training time and doesn’t directly correlate to instrumentation the students will see in fleet helicopters after they ‘wing.’ The TH-119 is ideal for both VFR and IFR training. The modern, off-the-shelf glass cockpit installed in the TH-119 provides the perfect segway and makes the transition to fleet aircraft very smooth and efficient.”
“One additional feature that I feel sets the TH-119 apart from the other training helicopters is the ability to have a second student sit in the observer seat behind the instructor and flying student. The observer has a full view of the cockpit, avionics suite and outside environment. It means every minute in the aircraft is valuable for the observing student, and he/she is not just along for the ride to ‘clear right’ while waiting for his/her graded event.”
“The TH-119 is a single engine helicopter that is cost effective and provides a safe, reliable platform by having simple but redundant systems. Students can focus on learning how to fly the helicopter without getting overloaded with complicated aircraft systems.”