CAE executives have rushed to Farnborough from Barcelona, Spain, where the company last week inaugurated a new center for commercial aircraft pilots and cabin crew near the main operating base of Vueling Airlines, the new facility’s anchor customer. The Canada-based group also recently expanded its training network by opening a new facility in South Korea and acquiring Oxford Aviation Academy in the UK.
As Bombardier works day and night to achieve its goal of flying the first CSeries test airplane by the end of this year, its many suppliers are working just as hard to make sure they meet their goals, defined by the Canadian airframer as “delivering out-of-the-box maturity on schedule and on specification.” Training systems specialist CAE is one of those suppliers, and in fact plays a central role.
CAE has become the first independent training provider to be qualified as a Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) approved training organization for maintenance training for Dassault Falcons under China’s CCAR-147 regulation. The approval enables CAE to deploy maintenance training courses in China for the 7X, 900EX EASy, 900DX, 900LX, 2000EX EASy, 2000DX and 2000LX. CAE has yet to announce where the training center will be located or when it will go into operation.
Flight training provider CAE has expanded its network of instruction centers to 42 with the acquisition of Oxford Aviation Academy. Through the $309 million purchase, the Canadian company adds seven civil aviation training centers in Denmark, Norway, Sweden, the UK and Hong Kong, in the process gaining 40 full-flight and 27 cabin-crew simulators. CAE also gains four ab initio flight academies in the U.S., UK Australia and Hong Kong equipped with 88 airplanes. Over the past 50 years, Oxford’s academies have trained more than 26,000 pilots.
Flight training provider CAE (Stand 468) recently completed the upgrade of its full-flight simulators for Dassault’s current models to include smoke-generation capability for use in its initial training curriculum.
CAE (Stand 468) has announced it has become an authorized training provider for Bombardier’s Learjet 31 and Learjet 60, in addition to the Learjet 40XR, 45, 45XR, 60XR; Challenger 300, 604, 605; and Global 5000, Global Express and Global Express XRS business jets. Training for pilots ranges from classroom-based courses to level-D flight simulators.
Simulation technology and flight training provider CAE (Stand 468) will set up its first Asian business aviation facility in Shanghai, China later this year. The Canada-based group, which is celebrating 65 years of business in 2012, will then have eight training centers around the world.
CAE has begun construction of a second training center in São Paulo, Brazil. It is near the city’s São Paulo Congonhas downtown airport and slated to enter service later this summer or early fall.
The current CAE training center at Guarulhos International Airport recently expanded its roster of simulator bays to 10 from six and offers training for the A320, A330, A340, 737NG and 777. CAE also recently introduced Sikorsky S-76 training.
CAE’s Dassault Falcon 7X, 900EX/EASy and 2000EX/EASy flight simulators in the U.S., UK and UAE are all now equipped with smoke-generation capability, “providing a highly realistic pilot training experience for cockpit smoke emergencies.” The smoke-generation simulation is used during initial training in conjunction with crew oxygen masks and smoke goggles, which enable the pilots to see flight instruments as well as outside the cockpit for landing despite a smoke-filled cockpit. In addition, CAE provides training for the Dassault Emergency Vision Assurance System (Evas).
Loss of control in flight is now the biggest cause of commercial aviation fatalities, so what can be done to teach pilots how not to lose control? Two 2009 accidents involved stalls–Colgan Air 3407 and Air France 447–yet stalls are an elementary maneuver taught early in pilot training. If stalls are such a big problem, could training later in a pilot’s career using simulators better prepare pilots to get out of a stall or impending stall?