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Rotorsim was established in 2003 as a joint venture between Leonardo Helicopters (formerly AgustaWestland) and CAE to provide synthetic training solutions for AW109 Power and AW139 helicopter operators.  Since then, Rotorsim has expanded to include AW109 LUH (Light Utility Helicopter), AW109N (Nexus), AW189, AW169 and NH90 training.  The Rotorsim training centre in Sesto Calende, Italy is located within the A. Marchetti Training Academy.

At the core of the facility there are full-mission and full-flight simulators, certified by the world civil aviation regulatory authorities such as the FAA in the USA and EASA in Europe at the highest current international FFS standard (Level D) (one hour of simulator training equals one hour helicopter flight). Some of Rotorsim’s simulators feature CAE’s roll-on/roll-off (RO/RO) concept. This allows different cockpit modules to be hosted in the same mothership depending on the training needs.

Rotorsim also offers training in the USA on a CAE-built AW139 full-flight simulator located at CAE’s North East Training Centre  near New York City.

CAE New York City Training Centre (Morristown)

Located in Morristown, New Jersey, the North East Training Centre opened its doors in January 2007 and offers pilot, technical and flight crew training to business aircraft operators. It is the first centre to deliver entitlement training for the new Dassault Falcon 7X program. To meet increased demand, the center recently expanded from the original six simulator bays to fifteen. As many as 3,500 pilots a year are expected to be trained here.

The Morris County area is home to a large number of quality hotels, outstanding restaurants and other attractions. Morristown Airport is also a centre for corporate aircraft. The facility is an illustration of CAE’s commitment to provide high quality, customized training in locations most convenient to our customers.

Our Customers


Rear Crew

Training Environment


Academic / Classroom Training

Simulator / Training Devices

Available Training Programs
  • Ground school
  • Standard Flight Training
  • Type rating qualification
  • Advanced transition qualified pilot training
  • Conversion training
Available Training Courses / Courseware
  • Takeoff/landing;
  • Weapons delivery;
  • Engine failure;
  • Systems;
  • Flight characteristics;
  • Accepted operating procedures;
  • Emergency handling procedures;
  • Night vision goggle (NVG) operation;
  • Instrument rating;
  • Search and rescue (SAR);
  • Offshore operations;
  • Ship deck landing;
  • Mountain flying;
  • Emergency medical services (EMS) training;
  • Crew resource management;
  • VIP flights;
  • Under-slung loads;
  • Formation flying;
  • Range of mission-specific environments.
Platforms / Manufacturers
  • AW109/Leonardo
  • AW109 LUH/Leonardo
  • AW109N/Leonardo
  • AW139/Leonardo
  • AW189/Leonardo
  • AW169/Leonardo
  • NH90/Leonardo
Available Equipment / Products
  • Computer-based learning
  • Three (3) AW109 FFS and AW109 FTD using the roll-on/roll-off (RORO) system  to support AW109 Power, AW109 LUH, AW109 Nexus
  • Three (3) AW139 FFS
  • One (1) AW189FFS (offshore configuration)
  • One (1) AW189FFS (SAR configuration)
  • One (1) AW169FFS
  • One (1) NH90 JNTP FFS (NFH and TTH configurations)
  • Briefing/debriefing rooms equipped with audio-visual playback system
  • Training centre management and operations

CAE Rotorsim Training Centre

CAE Rotorsim Training Centre

CAE' s Roll-On/Roll-Off (RO-RO) Solution at Rotorsim


2 Via Indipendenza, 
Sesto Calende, Varese 21100