CAE has been selected by Bombardier to provide engineering services and a flight simulator for the C Series narrowbody aircraft. The Canadian company will supply a so-called augmented engineering environment, which includes test support equipment under the hardware-in-the-loop concept. The idea is to have the tested system “believe” it is in a real aircraft.
CAE has won a series of contracts from prime contractor Lockheed Martin and undisclosed customers to design and build four C-130 simulators and several training devices for military customers around the world.
Nearly 50 customers have completed Phenom 100 pilot training at Embraer CAE Flight Training Services, a joint venture between CAE and Embraer, CAE told AIN. In addition, several FAA, EASA and Brazilian ANAC officials have also completed the 14-day Phenom training course, which has been conducted at CAE’s Dallas facility since September.
The Emirates-CAE Flight Training center located alongside the Emirates Aviation College here in Dubai is benefiting from a strategic location, a sound local market and a partnership between local airline and Canadian training specialist that seems to be working well.
Jeff Roberts, CAE group president for innovation, civil training and services, leads the company’s global training organization serving approximately 3,500 airlines, business aircraft operators and manufacturers worldwide.
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.
“We’re going after FlightSafety,” Nick Leontidis, CAE’s executive vice president of civil aviation training and equipment, told AIN. “They may have created the business aviation simulation market, but we believe we have a better product.” He said current customer expectations are “far behind what the commercial airline market has enjoyed for many years in terms of quality of service.”
CAE has formed a training alliance with “professional development” consultant Summit Solutions of Charlotte, N.C., to provide management, communications and leadership courses at CAE’s SimuFlite Dallas training facility. This initiative “provides a key opportunity for both pilots and aviation maintenance professionals to combine advanced technical instruction with leadership and management training,” CAE said.
Toronto-based flight simulator maker CAE completed its acquisition of Schreiner Aviation Training of the Netherlands. Schreiner operates 19 simulators located in Europe and the U.S. In April, CAE acquired the former BAE Systems simulation and training division in Tampa, Fla.z
Montreal-based flight simulator manufacturer and operator CAE announced last month it will acquire flight-safety company Flightscape in a deal worth approximately C$18 million. Flightscape designs software that enables the study and interpretation of recorded flight data.