Executive Aircraft Services (EAS) yesterday signed a contract to have its Bombardier Global Express pilots trained at the Emirates-CAE Flight Training (ECFT) facility here in Dubai. Crews with the Beirut-based operator already receive flight training there for the Challenger 300 and Hawker HS-125 aircraft. The Global Express training will be conducted on a new CAE 7000 Series that was installed at ECFT in April.
This AIN editor had an opportunity to tour Emirates/CAE Flight Training Center in Dubai. I was quickly impressed not simply with the size of the center, but also the pristine nature of the entire facility, a location that appears to have thought of almost every possible customer comfort, from snacks and drinks for crewmembers, no matter when their classes might operate, to limousine services to carry customers to and from their hotels.
At the NBAA Convention last month, CAE inked a $15 million, five-year contract renewal with Flight Options for pilot training on six fleet aircraft types, including the Beechjet 400A, Cessna Citation X, Hawker 800XP/XPi and Embraer Legacy and Phenom 300. The training for Flight Options pilots will be conducted at CAE SimuFlite in Dallas and the CAE Northeast Training Center in Morristown, N.J.
Fractional share provider Flight Options has signed a $15-million deal with CAE (Booth No. 6903) to provide pilot training in six aircraft types: Beechjet 400A, Cessna Citation X, Hawker Beechcraft 800XP and 800XPi and the Embraer Legacy and Phenom 300. In celebration, CAE president and CEO Mark Parent (left) presents a model of the CAE 5000 Series full-flight simulator to Michael Silvestro, CEO of Flight Options.
CAE’s expansion strategy is paying off. The Saint-Laurent, Quebec-based company (Booth No. 6903) has grown rapidly since it was founded in 1947 and now operates training facilities on six continents. It also offers enhanced services using technology tools to deliver training not only to aviation customers but also to the healthcare, mining/heavy equipment and energy industries.
Just when we might have thought that flight simulators are about as “leading edge” as they can get, it turns out that the engineers have been busy developing new concepts.
Honeywell-CAE Training Alliance has begun offering maintenance training courses for technicians in Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Barry Lindsten, Honeywell's director of customer publications and training solutions, told AIN it is part of an ongoing program to expand global training offerings.
Embraer yesterday received Brazil ANAC, FAA and EASA approval for Garmin’s synthetic vision technology (SVT) system on the Phenom 100, which has a Garmin G1000-based Prodigy flight deck avionics system. The approval applies to new-production Phenom 100s, as well as retrofit installations for in-service aircraft.
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.
While best known for its comprehensive aviation training courses and its lineup of flight simulation devices, CAE has moved further upstream into the aircraft design process with new modeling and simulator products. The Canada-based company’s augmented engineering environment (AEE) is a suite of software and hardware products that will assist aircraft manufacturers with the design and systems integration of prototypes.