Press release 23/12/1998 00:00 CET

Helicopter pilots training for daring air sea rescues were grounded for just two days recently while Kvaerner Rashleigh Weatherfoil’s facilities services department refitted all specialist controls on the Royal Navy’s Sea King Helicopter flight simulator

The simulator is used for the strategic training of all Royal Navy front-line Sea King squadrons and is in use 18 hours every day throughout the year at a base in Cornwall. It was therefore essential that Kvaerner Construction’s mechanical and electrical engineering specialist refitted the controls with the minimum of delay.

Building Property and Defence project manager at the base, Simon Cowls, said: "We were really asking the impossible for Kvaerner Rashleigh Weatherfoil to change over the entire control system to the simulator in just two days, but everything went without a hitch."

Kvaerner Rashleigh Weatherfoil has completed other specialist projects for the Ministry of Defence including the original flight simulator. Paul Rogers, executive director at KRW with responsibility for facilities services, said: "This is the latest in a long line of innovative projects completed and demonstrates Kvaerner Rashleigh Weatherfoil’s capability to provide a complete service to clients on fast track technically demanding projects."


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