Phenom Pilot Training Program Soaring at CAE

 - April 9, 2009, 11:52 AM

Nearly 50 customers have completed Phenom 100 pilot training at Embraer CAE Flight Training Services, a joint venture between CAE and Embraer, CAE told AIN. In addition, several FAA, EASA and Brazilian ANAC officials have also completed the 14-day Phenom training course, which has been conducted at CAE’s Dallas facility since September. A second Phenom 100/300 simulator is being assembled at CAE’s Burgess Hill location in the UK and is expected to be ready for training in the third quarter. Phenom 300 pilot training will also start at both locations late this year. In other news at CAE, the company recently pledged to invest about $577 million in Project Falcon, a research and development program that will span five years. The goal of Project Falcon is to expand CAE’s current modeling and simulation technologies, develop new ones and increase its capabilities beyond training. Project Falcon will focus on applying investments into six main technology thrusts, including development of an “augmented visionics system,” a technology that would allow a pilot to take off and land safely even when visibility outside the cockpit is restricted.