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.
Nicholas Byron Cavadias
CAE appointed Nick Leontidis today as group president for civil simulation products, training and services. He replaces Jeff Roberts, who left the company. Leontidis is a 25-year veteran at CAE, joining as a software engineer and rising to the executive ranks, most recently as executive vice president for strategy and business development. According to CAE, he has played a key role in the success of its civil business and global footprint expansion.
Robert Brown, president and CEO of Montreal-based pilot training provider and simulator manufacturer CAE, has announced his retirement effective at the end of this month. He will be succeeded by executive vice president and COO Marc Parent. Brown will remain with the company in an advisory capacity until the end of the year.
CAE on Wednesday announced that its president and CEO, Robert Brown, will retire on September 30. CAE’s board of directors has appointed Marc Parent, CAE’s executive vice president and COO, as Brown’s successor. Brown has agreed to serve as an advisor until the end of December.
Eric Cardinali has been named president of Bell Helicopter Canada. He replaces Jacques St-Laurent, who is now president of Bell’s European operations.
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.
Hawker Beechcraft named Russ Meyer III the company’s director of new product development. Meyer, son of the former Cessna chairman, was most recently program manager for Cessna’s Citation Mustang program.
Canadian training specialist CAE SimuFlite (Booth No. 5813) announced at NBAA’07 that it has launched an expansion of its global training network by adding 16 new business jet training programs to its operations. And with this expansion, CAE will be offering training on 90 percent of all active and in-production business aircraft, the company said.
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.