Bombardier’s training network will employ five additional business jet simulators in the U.S., Europe and the Middle East by early next year, according to Bombardier Aerospace vice president of customer services James Hoblyn. This includes the first full-flight simulator for the Learjet 40/40XR and Learjet 45/45XR that was qualified last month at CAE’s Burgess Hill Training Centre in the UK.
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Bombardier announced its financial results for the fourth quarter of its fiscal year and for the year ending Jan. 31, 2010.
Total revenues for both commercial and business aircraft totaled $9.4 billion, down slightly from $10 billion in the previous fiscal year, and the total backlog for both sectors was $16.7 billion, compared with $23.5 billion as of Jan. 31, 2009.
Since last year’s EBACE show, Canada-based training provider CAE (Booth No. 1063) has expanded its offerings by adding eight new full-flight simulators to its training centers in Dallas, New York, London and Dubai. It is currently preparing to install another eight new civil simulators among its global facilities.
CAE and Bell Helicopter announced here yesterday that Bell is providing aircraft systems and performance data and technical support for the Bell 412 training programs that CAE will begin offering this summer in Mexico and Bangalore, India.
CAE of Saint-Laurent, Quebec, is showing the first example of its newest simulator line, the CAE 3000 series designed specifically for light and medium helicopters at Heli-Expo. Configured for the Eurocopter AS350, the Level 7 flight training device, which can also accommodate motion to qualify it as a simulator, is on display at CAE’s booth (No. 2045).
Conversion of a letter of intent into a firm order for 22 CRJ700s by American Airlines this month failed to save the jobs of more than 600 employees at Bombardier Aerospace last month, as the company moved ahead with plans to cut CRJ production rates for its 2010 fiscal year.
A conversion of a letter of intent into a firm order for 22 CRJ700s by American Airlines this month failed to save the jobs of more than 600 employees at Bombardier Aerospace, as the company prepares to move ahead with plans to cut CRJ production rates for its 2010 fiscal year.
West Star Aviation has expanded its maintenance service business into the southeast U.S. with the addition of West Star Aviation Columbia, S.C. (CAE). The new facility will offer airframe, engine and avionics services for business aircraft beginning in next year’s first quarter. Initially, West Star Aviation will offer services for turbine aircraft with a maximum takeoff weight of less than 12,500 pounds.
Bombardier Aerospace is opening its first wholly owned European aircraft service center at Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Michael McQuay, president of Bombardier Aircraft Service Centers, told AIN that the decision to locate in Europe was based on the region’s growing fleet of more than 550 Learjets, Challengers and Globals.
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.