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Chinook training center opens

April 27, 2012 at 9:11 AM

GILZI-RIJEN, Netherlands, April 27 (UPI) -- A maintenance training center for Chinook C-47 helicopters has officially been opened in the Netherlands by a U.S.-Dutch partnership.

The center by Boeing and the Rotary Wing Training Center, a subsidiary of subsidiary of the Netherlands' World Class Aviation Academy, is located near the Dutch air force base at Gilze-Rijen.

"Partnering with the WCAA and RWTC means we now can provide high-quality training to our international customers closer to their home bases, saving them time and money," said Mark McGraw, Boeing vice president for Training Systems and Government Services.

Although not officially open, training began last month at the center for Dutch air force personnel. Maintenance training of personnel from the Australian air force is also taking place.

The training program for Chinook technicians, pilots and crew includes troubleshooting and fault isolation, maintenance and servicing.

In addition to classroom work, students receive practical training on a retired Chinook airframe.

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