Simulation and training specialist CAE is about to embark on a full-scale beta test of the new multi-crew pilot’s license (MPL) curriculum it developed to complement existing programs in its Global Academy.
Canada’s CAE announced last week that a Boeing 777 full-flight simulator (FFS) built for Delta Air Lines is the first to achieve level-D qualification under the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration’s new FAR Part 60 rule. At the end of May, the FAA implemented more standardized and stringent qualification requirements for initial and continuing use of flight simulation training devices (FSTD).
The new Series 5000 full flight simulator that CAE inaugurated recently at its Burgess Hill training center near Gatwick is the first example of a new design intended as a more affordable alternative to the company’s established 7000 series.
Late last month CAE was expected to acquire SimuFlite Training International. General Electric, which bought SimuFlite from Southern Air Transport in 1998, agreed to sell the company to Toronto-based CAE for $247 million.
For the first time Europe has its own simulator capacity for the Global Express, now that CAE and Bombardier have begun offering pilot and technical training on the big business jets at CAE’s Burgess Hill facility in the UK. The program marks the first operational milestone of the 20-year Authorized Training Provider agreement signed by CAE and Bombardier last June.
CAE civil training and services group president Jeff Roberts arrived in Geneva Monday as his company announced a major expansion of its business aviation training center in Morristown, New Jersey. But for Roberts, EBACE is all about Europe, where he continues to sound a confident tone about business aviation despite some signs of economic hardship ahead.
Global Express simulator training will be launched late next year by FlightSafety International. FlightSafety Simulation in Tulsa, Okla., is currently manufacturing an FAA level-D simulator that will be delivered to an as yet to be decided FlightSafety training facility “most convenient” for Global Express customers.
When Nick Leontidis, CAE’s executive vice president of civil training and equipment, tossed down the gauntlet, saying, “We’re going after FlightSafety…we believe we have a better product to offer…” (AIN, July, page 64), his competitor wasn’t about to let that claim go unchallenged.
CAE last month inaugurated its aviation training center near Denver International Airport. The new facility, which specializes in the training of regional airline crews, is starting with three simulators: an Airbus A320 and two Bombardier CRJ200/700 devices. Frontier Airlines and Air Wisconsin are the launch customers. A third Bombardier CRJ200/700 simulator will be added next year.
For the fourth time the FAA has awarded Western Aircraft the Diamond Certificate of Excellence for the company’s commitment to technical training and expertise. Western Aircraft has developed a number of initiatives over the years to enhance safety and quality through aggressive training and safety management principles.