CAE books new training business
CAE has announced recent business covering civil and military flight and mission simulators, as well as other equipment and services. The company said Bombardier Aerospace, ATR, Vietnam Airlines and a U.S.-based airline have ordered four full-flight simulators (FFSs) worth just over $52.5 million.
Business aircraft manufacturer Bombardier is slated to acquire a CAE 7000 FFS for the Learjet 85 business jet for delivery in |2012. In addition to training, the simulator will support aircraft testing and certification.
The Learjet 85 uses Pro Line Fusion avionics equipment that CAE is simulating for Bombardier’s Global Vision flight deck, which will be ready for training next year. Long-term authorized provider agreements cover training for the Bombardier Global 5000, Global Express, XRS, Challenger 604 and Challenger 300, as well as the Learjet 40, 40XR, 45, and 45XR business jets.
ATR Version on Order
For delivery next year, ATR has ordered a prototype CAE Series 7000 to replicate both ATR 42-600 and ATR 72-600 cockpits. CAE also will provide the Franco- Italian regional-airliner manufacturer with a SimFinity maintenance/ flight-simulation training device and a desktop trainer. CAE’s Flightscape flight data monitoring software has been selected to help ATR operators to analyze performance trends.
Demonstrating CAE’s comprehensive capabilities and flexibility to offer cadet-to-captain training services, Vietnam Airlines has contracted for an Airbus A320 FFS and training provision of 40 pilots. The A320 FFS will feature a brief/debrief station and a smoke-generation system when delivered in 2011 to a new training center the Asian carrier plans to build in Ho Chi Minh City.
Ab initio pilot candidates will train at CAE’s academy in Phoenix, Arizona. The training company’s network of such schools includes 11 flight facilities in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe and North America, with capacity to train 1,800 new airline pilots a year.
India’s Directorate General Civil Aviation and the European Aviation Safety Agency have certificated to level D the Bell 412 full-mission simulator used by the Helicopter Academy to Train by Simulation of Flying (Hatsoff), the Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. (HAL) and the CAE joint venture.
The simulator features CAE’s “roll-on/roll-off” design, which enables use of various cockpits, such as those of the Indian army/air force and civil variants of the HAL-built Dhruv and (in future) the Eurocopter Dauphin.
The first Sikorsky MH-60R avionics maintenance trainer (AMT) built by CAE for the U.S. Navy has entered service at the Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training Unit in Florida. The AMT will offer transition and readiness training, and be used to demonstrate, instruct, and provide MH-60R helicopter maintenance experience.