Sitting on the runway, awaiting take-off, it’s always relaxing to hear the calm, confident voice of our pilot. To get to that position, the pilot would have undergone 1,500 hours of training – probably using a flight simulator owned by L3 Technologies, a $10bn American aerospace organisation.
As part of its global expansion, L3 commissioned a new £40m training and production facility on a site owned by Surrey County Council just a few miles from Gatwick Airport. The Nexus Training and Production Facility is critical for the UK’s aviation industry, as it will attract huge amounts of inward investment.
The project involves creating two rather special buildings. The first is a global centre for excellence in airline training and houses eight RealitySeven™ flight simulators, each costing £12m. It also includes a number of fixed-based simulators plus briefing rooms, classrooms, meeting rooms and a restaurant. The second building, opposite, is a similarly sized facility to manufacture 30 simulators a year and be a base for more than 300 employees.