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Multiple operators put faith in CAE training
A plethora of organisations have renewed, extended or initiated contracts with CAE of late, including JetSuite, Silver Air, Solairus, TAG, SimCom, Bombardier, Embraer and Dassault.
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JetSuite and sister company JSX, Silver Air, Solairus Aviation, TAG Aviation Holdings and Vulcan Flight Management have all signed business aviation training contracts with CAE. The deals are valued at a total of C$50 million.

“Over the next 10 years, our industry will need more than 50,000 new business jet pilots. This soaring demand requires fleet operators and training providers like CAE to work more closely together to accelerate the deployment of new training solutions,” says CAE group president of civil aviation training solutions Nick Leontidis. “As the leader in pilot training, we are working on developing better pilots, faster. With better digital tools and recurrent training systems, we are elevating the training experience of pilots. These partnerships are testament to the value that we bring to business jets operators worldwide.”

JetSuite and JSX have renewed their exclusive pilot training agreements with CAE for an additional six years for the Embraer Phenom 300 and 100 and Embraer Legacy jet platforms. Pilots will continue initial type rating and recurrent training at CAE Dallas. CAE has been JetSuite's training partner for the provision of multiple training programmes since 2009.

Silver Air has renewed its exclusive pilot training agreement with CAE for an additional four years. Training will span CAE's global training network of large, super mid-size, mid-size and small, including Boeing, Bombardier, Cessna, Dassault, Gulfstream, Embraer and Hawker platforms. Pilots will continue training at CAE New Jersey Morristown and CAE Dallas. CAE has been Silver Air's training partner for more than 10 years.

Solairus has enjoyed a partnership of more than 10 years with CAE, and has renewed its pilot training agreement for an additional four years on multiple aircraft platforms, including Bombardier, Dassault and Gulfstream. Solairus pilots will continue training at New Jersey Morristown and Dallas.

Partners for more than five years, TAG Aviation Holdings has selected CAE for three more years. Its pilots in training will span CAE's global training network of small, mid-size, super mid-size, large cabin, and transport category.

Vulcan has extended its partnership with CAE by entering in a new four-year pilot training contract for Gulfstream G650 and Bombardier Global Express training programmes. Its pilots will continue initial type rating and recurrent training at CAE Dallas and CAE Dubai. CAE has been Vulcan Flight Management's training partner of choice for more than five years.

CAE has also announced additional capabilities for business aviation pilot training including the expansion, renewal and launch of new training programmes for Bombardier, Dassault, Gulfstream and Embraer aircraft platforms and the signing of an agreement with SimCom for the purchase of training equipment from CAE's latest product offering.

“We continue to invest in innovation and in providing business aviation pilots the most up-to-date training programmes and network,” explains Leontidis. “We are also committed to ongoing collaboration with our business partners, and we will continue to update our training centres dedicated to business aviation with the most advanced flight training devices, digital training capabilities and full-flight simulators to support the needs of their business jet pilots.”

CAE will launch its third Bombardier Global 7500 business jet full-flight simulator (FFS) in 2021 outside of North America as part of its current authorised training provider agreement with Bombardier. CAE already offers Global 7500 aircraft training in Montreal and in Dallas training centres. The company will finalise the deployment location of the third Bombardier Global 7500 FFS in the coming months.

As part of its soon to be formed partnership with Directional Aviation Capital, CAE announced that SimCom has purchased five CAE 7000XR Series FFS and five CAE 400XR Series flight training devices (FTD) from CAE. These include a Gulfstream G650, two Bombardier Challenger CL350s, one Embraer Phenom 300 and one Embraer Legacy 500 FFS. SimCom plans to install its new training equipment in a training centre that is under development in Lake Nona, Florida. It is expected that CAE's SimCom share purchase transaction announced on 29 August, 2019 will close prior to the end of 2019.

CAE will expand its Bombardier Learjet 75 training capabilities through the deployment of a CAE 500XR Series FTD in CAE Dallas. It allows for more flexibility in maintenance training, will have impressive handling characteristics and will feature the advanced Bombardier Vision flight deck, the Garmin G5000 avionics upgrade, and a dual-screen electronic flight display.

CAE also installed Dassault's new FalconEye Combined Vision System to its Falcon 900-2000 EASy EX series FFS which is now ready for training. Dassault's FalconEye head up display (HUD) feature will allow for operational credit to use the HUD for landing while training.

Embraer CAE Training Services (ECTS), a joint venture between Embraer and CAE, will increase its capacity for Embraer Phenom 100/300 training by adding an additional FFS to its Dallas training operations in 2020. The full-flight simulator will be equipped with CAE 7000XR technology, CAE Tropos 6000XR visual system and with the Garmin Prodigy Touch avionics system.

Dassault Aviation has also renewed CAE's certificate of approval as an authorised training provider in accordance with the Falcon Training Policy Manual. This is the highest level of certification attainable by a flight training organisation.

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