On the eve of Heli-Expo 2011, training provider CAE (Booth No. 1253) announced both the completion of its acquisition of CHC Helicopter’s flight training operations and a partnership agreement to provide flight training for CHC Helicopter personnel.
CAE’s new 3000-series helicopter simulator brings an extraordinary amount of realism into what is essentially a computer-driven replica of a Eurocopter AS350B2 cockpit capable of simulating a variety of real-world training experiences. With the Tropos-6000 visual display projecting the view outside the cockpit onto screens that wrap around the cockpit’s chin windows, flying the simulator seems extremely close to a real helicopter.
Bangalore, India-based Helicopter Academy to Train by Simulation of Flying, a CAE-Hindustan Aeronautics (HAL) training joint venture, received a simulator cockpit for the civil Dhruv light twin in February. It is now being integrated with an existing mission simulator and should be ready for training in May.
Offshore oil and gas helicopter company CHC is selling its training operations to Montreal-based CAE for an undisclosed price. The deal includes the transfer of 32 employees, four simulators and two training facilities to CAE as well as the ongoing training of 1,000 CHC pilots and another 1,000 maintenance personnel. The acquired training facilities–in Aberdeen, Scotland and Stavanger, Norway–will also be used to train non-CHC customers.
Airbus has renewed its flight training agreement with CAE through 2017, covering most Airbus models, including the in-development A350 XWB. In Dubai, Emirates-CAE Flight Training offers training on the A320, A330 and A340 models, which also covers the entire Airbus Corporate Jets family.
Emirates-CAE Flight Training (ECFT, Stand C615) announced yesterday that it signed a contract with Athens-based Gainjet Aviation to provide Gulfstream G450 and G550 and Bombardier Global Express pilot training at the training provider's Dubai facility.
Emirates-CAE Flight Training (ECFT) has announced the addition of a full-flight simulator (FFS) for the Bombardier Challenger 604 to its training center, located here in Dubai. The CAE-7000 Series level D FFS will join a fleet of sims replicating the flight characteristics of more than a score of business jets, and is expected to be ready for training in the first half of 2012.
Executive Aircraft Services (EAS) yesterday signed a contract to have its Bombardier Global Express pilots trained at the Emirates-CAE Flight Training (ECFT) facility here in Dubai. Crews with the Beirut-based operator already receive flight training there for the Challenger 300 and Hawker HS-125 aircraft. The Global Express training will be conducted on a new CAE 7000 Series that was installed at ECFT in April.
This AIN editor had an opportunity to tour Emirates/CAE Flight Training Center in Dubai. I was quickly impressed not simply with the size of the center, but also the pristine nature of the entire facility, a location that appears to have thought of almost every possible customer comfort, from snacks and drinks for crewmembers, no matter when their classes might operate, to limousine services to carry customers to and from their hotels.
At the NBAA Convention last month, CAE inked a $15 million, five-year contract renewal with Flight Options for pilot training on six fleet aircraft types, including the Beechjet 400A, Cessna Citation X, Hawker 800XP/XPi and Embraer Legacy and Phenom 300. The training for Flight Options pilots will be conducted at CAE SimuFlite in Dallas and the CAE Northeast Training Center in Morristown, N.J.