Irrespective of political turmoil in land-based energy supplier regions, oil and gas exploration and production is rising, especially offshore where drilling technology advances have made extraction more efficient. This is driving demand for helicopters and simulators.
The number of training programs preparing flight crew for the new multi-crew pilot license (MPL) continues to multiply. Before year-end, there will likely be 30 or more active MPL programs around the world with well over 3,000 cadets in the pipeline. The MPL is intended as a competency-based training license focused on preparing new pilots to become airline first officers.
CAE signed an agreement with African-based Caverton Helicopters to provide training center operation services over a six-year period. The facility will be located in Lagos, Nigeria, and is scheduled to open in the middle of next year. CAE will provide “turnkey solutions” that include the start-up, maintenance and operation of the six-simulator-bay training center. When opened, the center will have AgustaWestland AW139 and Boeing 737NG full-motion simulators and two CAE Simfinity Integrated Procedures Trainers (IPTs).
CAE is preparing to open a fourth training center for Embraer’s Phenom light jets later this year. According to Carlos Mallaco, vice president for Customer Support & Services with Embraer Executive Jets, the additional training capacity will likely be added in the U.S. through the long-established Embraer CAE Training Services (ECTS) joint venture. Phenom pilots already have three ECTS facilities at their disposal in Dallas, Texas; Burgess Hill in the UK; and São Paulo in Brazil.
Special ATC procedures for next month’s U.S. Open golf tournament at Southern Pines, N.C., take effect beginning June 7 for Moore County (SOP) Airport, Raleigh Executive Jetport at Sanford-Lee County (TTA) Airport, Richmond County (RCZ) Airport, Laurinburg-Maxton (MEB) Airport and Fayetteville Regional (FAY) Airport.
Procedures will be in effect from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. daily to maintain safety and minimize ATC delays.
A combination of growth from new business aviation markets such as the Middle East and Asia and recovery in the more mature markets of Europe and North America has inspired flight-training provider CAE to triple investments in facilities. Half of all investment is going into new simulators. The group has been adding these at a rate of two to four each year and expects to install another 25 new units at its worldwide locations over the next five years.
Bombardier Aerospace announced Tuesday at the Regional Airline Association Convention in St. Louis that it has appointed CAE as its authorized training provider for its entire line of CRJ regional jets. Under the ATP agreement, which has already taken effect, CAE instructors will deliver CRJ aircraft flight training courses at eight locations around the world.
CAE operates 10 CRJ aircraft full-flight simulators (FFSs) in Charlotte, Minneapolis and Phoenix in the U.S; Copenhagen, Denmark; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Madrid, Spain; and Toronto and Montreal in Canada.
CAE and Brazilian helicopter operator Lider Aviaçao launched a helicopter pilot training program in São Paulo for the Sikorsky S-92. The CAE-Lider Aviaçao joint venture purchased the S-92 simulator late last year, though it was identified at the time only as an undisclosed customer. The S-92 training program under the joint venture will support flight training for all of Lider’s S-92 pilots, as well as those from other helicopter operators in the region.
Business aviation continues to grow in China and the rest of the Asia region, and the demand for pilots and technicians is stronger than ever. With a generally accepted ratio of five qualified pilots required for each business jet in service, supplying training for those pilots–and the technicians who will service the aircraft–remains one of the industry’s more profound challenges.
The upset prevention and recovery training (UPRT) provided by Aviation Performance Solutions (APS) has played a key part in countering loss of control in flight (LOC-I), now the most significant cause of transport-category aircraft accidents. APS recently launched an ambitious plan to take its UPRT expertise to airlines and business aviation operators around the world, as well as to military air wings, as professional pilot manual-flying skills move increasingly center-stage.
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