L3 invests USD 100m in UK's aviation training center

L3 Technologies (NYSE:LLL) has announced it is investing more than USD 100 million in its London Training Center, supporting London Gatwick as the epicenter of its worldwide commercial pilot training operations, the company said.

This significant commitment from L3 is designed to meet increasing airline customer demand and to help address the worldwide shortage of commercial pilots. The investment will ensure that L3 Commercial Aviation continues to provide an industry-leading experience for pilots and cadets, and reflects the U.K.´s crucial role in the industry.

Demand at the new facility has been strong, with many customers already confirmed to start training at the London Training Center when it opens in the first quarter of 2019. These include easyJet, WOW air, Norwegian and TUI. The facility will also support L3 Airline Academy cadet training programs.

When fully operational, the London Training Center will include eight L3 RealitySeven FFS, four high-fidelity L3 Flight Training Devices, eight Flat Panel Trainers, eight classrooms and briefing rooms, as well as the production facility. In total, the facility will be home to more than 350 jobs.

Headquartered in New York City, L3 Technologies employs approximately 31,000 people worldwide and is a leading provider of a broad range of communication, electronic and sensor systems used on military, homeland security and commercial platforms. L3 is also a prime contractor in aerospace systems, security and detection systems, and pilot training. The company reported 2017 sales of USD 9.6 billion.