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Chinook training center set for Europe

Oct. 4, 2011 at 6:45 AM

GILZE-RIJEN, Netherlands, Oct. 4 (UPI) -- Boeing and the Netherland's Rotary Wing Training Center are opening a CH-47 Chinook helicopter maintenance training facility near the Dutch Gilze-Rijen Airbase.

Boeing said the agreement with RWTC, a subsidiary of the Netherlands' World Class Aviation Academy, will help address the needs of international Chinook operators.

"Our cooperation with the WCAA and the RWTC reflects Boeing's commitment to international Chinook customers and re-emphasizes our dedication to provide quality training at an affordable price," said Barbara Wilson, Boeing director of Army, Navy and Marine Corps Training. "This facility will allow international Chinook mechanics and technicians the opportunity to train closer to home."

The training is to begin in the first quarter of next year and will include current technical information and courseware tailored for CH-47 mechanics, technicians, pilots and crewmembers. The program will cover theory, troubleshooting and fault isolation, as well as maintenance and servicing.

Boeing and the WCAA teamed in 2009 to provide both fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft maintenance training and pledged to work together to develop courses that meet the educational needs of the Netherlands aviation industry. The RWTC is the first facility and training program to result from that earlier agreement.

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