15 JULY 2019
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The Prince of Wales with aviation minister Baroness Vere and leading figures from UK aviation last week marked the opening of L3Harris Technologies’ $100m London Training Centre for commercial airline pilots.
The state-of-the-art facility near Gatwick employs 350 people and is designed to meet the increasing airline demand for new pilots and address the worldwide shortage of commercial fliers.
L3 said the centre is already seeing strong demand, with 15 international airlines training pilots. The facility will also support the company’s Airline Academy cadet training programmes for the next generation of commercial airline pilots.
During the opening, Prince Charles also met young people who will soon start on the Prince’s Trust Flying Scholarship, created by L3Harris as part of the RAF100 legacy.
Baroness Vere said the centre would boost the local economy, help UK aviation to cement its place as one of the world’s best and improve access to pilot training hand in hand with moves to increase diversity and female representation in the industry.
L3Harris president Alan Crawford added: “Our investment in this facility reflects our confidence in growth opportunities in the UK and the aviation industry, illustrated clearly by the demand for new airline pilots across the world.”
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