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CAE adds training options for Bombardier models

 - October 6, 2008, 3:15 PM

Montreal-based CAE plans to add a Global Express full-flight simulator to its training facility in Dallas next year. In addition, the company is adding a Bombardier CRJ200 level-D simulator to its Madrid training facility, doubling its CRJ platform capacity in the region. The new CRJ simulator will complement the currently installed CRJ200/900 level-D simulator in Madrid and is scheduled to enter into service early next year.

By 2010, CAE customers will have access to four Global Express training locations, as follows: Bombardier’s Montreal training center, now operating; CAE’s Burgess Hill, UK training center, now operating; CAE SimuFlite in Dallas, starting in 2009; and Emirates-CAE Flight Training in Dubai, UAE, starting in 2010.

“We are delighted to continue growing our long-standing relationship with Bombardier,” said Jeff Roberts, CAE group president, innovation and civil training & services. “As Bombardier’s authorized training provider, we offer the best training experience possible for operators closer to home.”

Regarding CRJ training in Europe and Africa, Roberts said the demand is strong. More than 8,000 pilots from 40 airlines train annually at the Madrid center, including those of Air Nostrum, Jetlite and Pluna. The center is a joint venture between CAE and Iberia Airlines. “We are proud that our Madrid training center now gives our customers access to 11 full-flight simulators and a full complement of services in one strategic location adjacent to the Madrid Barajas Airport,” he said.

CAE is Bombardier’s authorized training provider for the Bombardier Global Express, Global 5000, Global Express XRS and Challenger 300. Through the same agreement, CAE will also provide aircraft training on the Bombardier Learjet 40, 40 XR, 45 and 45 XR with the addition of a simulator in Europe next year.