UK-based CAE Oxford Aviation Academy placed an order for 35 Piper airplanes today at the Sun ’n Fun Fly-in in Lakeland, Fla. The agreement includes firm orders for 22 Archer TX piston singles and 13 piston twins, as well as parts and service. Deliveries will start this spring, with 27 aircraft going to CAE Oxford Aviation Academy in Phoenix, while the remaining eight will go to CAE’s flight training base in Oxford, UK. Under the agreement, CAE has designated Piper as its preferred aircraft provider.
This “initial order” is part of a five-year fleet-replenishment initiative agreement between the two companies. CAE Oxford has 200 aircraft in its fleet, so if the agreement is extended to future orders the deal could potentially encompass up to another 165 Piper airplanes. “CAE’s long-term needs include the possibility of additional orders to continue its efforts to modernize its CAE Oxford Aviation Academy fleet,” Piper said.
All of the aircraft will be equipped with Garmin G1000 avionics suites and Garmin traffic advisory systems. In addition, the aircraft will have satellite enhanced dual antenna traffic awareness technology, enabling one-second updates for traffic situational awareness. “This addition of modern glass-cockpit aircraft is part of our goal to continue to make CAE Oxford Aviation Academy the highest-quality, safest network of cadet flight schools in the world,” said CAE group president for civil simulation products, training and services Jeff Roberts.
The aircraft will also come from the factory with CAE-designed flight data analysis and cockpit video recording systems–which will record flight deck data, audio and video–that are fundamental to CAE’s safety management system (SMS). The recorded information will be replayed through the CAE Flightscape Insight flight data analysis software, and will enable students to debrief immediately after a flight using flight animation with synchronized audio/video and will allow CAE to gather statistical trends for longer term safety and performance benefits. According to Piper and CAE, “This initiative provides for more consistent high-level training with objective flight animations and metrics to enhance the overall learning experience.”
CAE Oxford Aviation Academy trains more than 2,000 cadets per year across 11 flight schools on five continents, providing focused ab initio training to aspiring pilots across the globe. The range of programs at CAE Oxford includes commercial, ATP and multi-crew license training routes.