A new, state-of-the-art regional training and simulation center is currently under construction and expected to open in September 2019. Featuring full-flight simulators, the joint venture with Helisim will provide training to several thousand pilots and maintenance personnel each year.
With a highly skilled workforce of more than 500, the Grand Prairie campus has helped to strengthen Airbus Helicopters’ position in North America, where it leads in five of the largest market segments and provides world-class aftermarket and technical support.
Airbus Helicopters Inc. has worked closely with the East Mississippi Community College to establish training courses in the fields of electrical systems and avionics, sheet metal and mechanics. This has enabled the college to provide a source of skilled workers from the local region to fill job openings at the facility.
More than 200 employees now work at Airbus Helicopters Inc. in Columbus, with 40 percent U.S. military veterans.