Advanced Helicopter Trainer


When training, the longer a student pilot remains in the air, the more a pilot learns. At less than one third the operating costs, the TH-119 is an ideal, cost-effective learning environment.


With budgets tightening, acquisition cost is undergoing increasing scrutiny. When compared to the planned Army trainer, the Airbus UH-72 Lakota, the TH-119 is simply half the cost. Yet it performs above and beyond the requirements.

TH-119 vs. AW119Kx
  1. Genesys Aerospace cockpit avionics utilize dual displays enabling the instructor to fly from either seat, and has the option for either a VFR or IFR FAA certification to meet the customer’s requirements.
  2. Unique cabin configuration allows for full view of the cockpit by an additional student or instructor/observer from the 180-degree adjustable observer seat at the base of the instrument pedestal. Also carries 2 additional students on the cabin bench seat.
  3. 5-fuel cell option provides 500+ hours of flight time with pressure refueling port. Less downtime to refuel and enables "hot" refueling.
  4. Fully Night Vision Device (NVD) compatible cockpit and cabin with high-visibility cockpit doors and a low-profile instrument panel ensure maximum visibility from the cockpit.
  5. Re-enforced skids with replaceable skid shoes support the multiple repetitions of essential touchdown training maneuvers.
  6. Cargo hook and hoist capable supporting advanced training events
  7. Genesys avionics open system architecture allows for growth to future enhanced training and/or future FAA compliance.
  • Air conditioning
  • Dual controls
  • Reinforced windshield
  • Removable skid shoes

TH-119 Brochure (download full version)


Contact us to learn more

Name     Leonardo Helicopters


Phone    +1 703.373.8000


Doug Edge, a former US Navy Helicopter Instructor Pilot and current AW Instructor and Production Test Pilot knows what is important when teaching aspiring helicopter pilots; Flying as frequently as possible and maneuver repetition. A modern training helicopter must support both.

“The TH-119 is uniquely suited to be the next advanced training helicopter. It brings performance and capabilities that greatly reduce the risks associated with teaching students the essential helicopter pilot survival skills such as (full) touchdown autorotations and tail rotor malfunctions. A training helicopter needs to be durable enough to do it day after day, in all conditions and be turned over to the next crew to do it all over again. The TH-119 is always ready.”

“Instrument training is fundamental for naval aviators and it’s an essential part of every naval aviator’s job. The joint primary trainer and most fleet helicopters are now equipped with glass cockpits. The current advanced training helicopter still has analog “steam” gauges, which causes students to take a technological step backward at the end of their training pipeline. They have to re-learn instruments they saw during Introductory Flight Screening – just for this helicopter. It adds training time and doesn’t directly correlate to instrumentation the students will see in fleet helicopters after they ‘wing.’ The TH-119 is ideal for both VFR and IFR training. The modern, off-the-shelf glass cockpit installed in the TH-119 provides the perfect segway and makes the transition to fleet aircraft very smooth and efficient.”

“One additional feature that I feel sets the TH-119 apart from the other training helicopters is the ability to have a second student sit in the observer seat behind the instructor and flying student. The observer has a full view of the cockpit, avionics suite and outside environment. It means every minute in the aircraft is valuable for the observing student, and he/she is not just along for the ride to ‘clear right’ while waiting for his/her graded event.”

“The TH-119 is a single engine helicopter that is cost effective and provides a safe, reliable platform by having simple but redundant systems. Students can focus on learning how to fly the helicopter without getting overloaded with complicated aircraft systems.”


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