With service entry for its new AW189 and AW169 models looming large over the next couple of years, AgustaWestland is scrambling to ensure that operators can get their flight crew type rated in good time. At its main training academy in Sesto Calende, a major extension is under construction to house no fewer than nine full-flight simulators and six training devices for the new aircraft.
Flight training group CAE is big and getting bigger in the growing Asian market, according to Jeff Roberts, group president of civil simulation products, training and services. The Canadian company has 16 training locations in the Asia Pacific region, and 16 of the 30 full-flight simulators sold in the current financial year (which ends next month) will earn their keep in the region–a clear indication that this part of the world has a healthy appetite for training aviation professionals.
CAE announced yesterday that it opened the first-ever business jet and civil helicopter training center in Mexico. The facility–located at Toluca Airport, near Mexico City–includes new full-motion flight simulators for the Bombardier Learjet 40/45 and the Bell 412 helicopter, both of which were recently qualified to level-D-equivalent standards by Mexico’s Direccion General de Aeronautica Civil. CAE’s Mexico facility is the seventh location in its business-aviation training network.
CAE received FAA level-D approval for a Hawker Beechcraft King Air 350 Pro Line 21 flight simulator at its Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport location. The CAE 5000 series sim features the latest-generation image generators, airport databases and a liquid crystal on silicon visual display. In other news, CAE recently passed Dassault Aviation’s Falcon training policy manual quality system audit, which is designed to ensure adequate training services for all Falcon-affiliated personnel.
According to a recent report by Boeing, the Middle East will need more than 37,000 pilots to fly the aircraft due to be delivered there over the next 20 years. But the region faces a serious lack of adequate training facilities. “Pilot requirements for the Gulf region will grow at a faster rate than local pilots can be trained,” concluded Boeing in its latest pilot and technician forecast.
First there was flight operational quality assurance (FOQA), which analyzes flight data to improve pilot performance, and now there is SOQA, which compares simulator-derived data with FOQA data.
Moscow-based ASC Aviation Equipment has entered into an agreement with Boeing’s Aviall that calls for the U.S. company to supply forecasting services, technology, training and aviation material for distribution in the Russian aviation market. ASC Aviation Equipment is a subsidiary of Concern of Aviation Equipment (CAE), a State Corporation Russian Technologies company. The agreement becomes effective in the fourth quarter.
CAE Flight Training (India) and InterGlobe Enterprises of India are forming a joint-venture training center to provide pilot and maintenance training in India. Located in the National Capital Region, Delhi, India, it is slated to begin operations by the end of next year. It is the fifth CAE facility in the country. CAE currently trains more than 1,500 crewmembers every year at its training center in Bengaluru.
The Bombardier Learjet 45 will be the first business jet model offered at CAE’s new training facility in Toluca, Mexico, near Mexico City. Training in the light jet at this location will start next spring, CAE said. Meanwhile, the company is adding training capabilities for Challenger 605 pilots and maintenance technicians at its Emirates-CAE Flight Training facility in Dubai.
CAE and AirAsia have expanded a prior partnership into a joint venture to provide training for maintenance engineers, technicians, pilots, cabin crew and ground services personnel for airlines throughout the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) region, including AirAsia’s.