Simulation technology and flight training provider CAE (Stand 468) will set up its first Asian business aviation facility in Shanghai, China later this year. The Canada-based group, which is celebrating 65 years of business in 2012, will then have eight training centers around the world.
CAE disclosed the new move in a pre-EBACE briefing on Saturday at its European training center in Amsterdam. Instruction of Gulfstream G450 and G550 pilots and maintenance technicians will be the first training to take place at the Shanghai Eastern Flight Training Centre (SEFTC), based in Shanghai’s Pudong Waigaoqiao free trade zone.
The SEFTC, a China Eastern Airlines unit recently approved by the Civil Aviation Administration of China to launch a business-aviation company, will be equipped with a new CAE5000 full-flight simulator (FFS) using a Tropos 6000 visual system for G450 and G550 courses.
Later this year, CAE will offer Sikorsky S76++ training at its Zhuhai FTC joint venture with China Eastern, said Europe and Africa regional leader, Jan Van Engelen. It also plans to offer training for Global 5000, Global Express, and Global Express XRS corporate jets at an undisclosed Asia Pacific location from early next year and, subsequently, Dassault Falcon 7X capacity when market conditions permit.
The Shanghai announcement follows CAE’s recent opening of a seventh training center–for Learjet 40 and 45 executive-jet and Bell 412 helicopter flight-crew–at Toluca, near Mexico City. By the end of this year, the company plans to have opened ninth and tenth facilities, for Embraer Phenom 100 and 300 pilot and technician training at São Paulo, Brazil, and Hawker Beechcraft King Air 350 pro Line 21 avionics tuition in Melbourne, Australia, respectively.
Rapid expansion of CAE’s training center network was announced on the eve of the 2011 EBACE show. The training company said recent and planned establishment of training capacity at five points outside North America reflects the continuing global development of business aviation, although it concedes that two blank spaces on its growing network map are Africa and Russia.
“The new locations being rolled out in Mexico City/Toluca, Shanghai, São Paulo and Melbourne are all in emerging markets with high business aviation growth. CAE’s 10 locations represent the broadest international training network for business aircraft operators,” said Jeff Roberts, CAE group president, Civil Simulation Products, Training and Services. “CAE is committed to delivering the highest quality training for our global customers in easily accessible regional locations to optimize their pilot and maintenance technician training programs.”