Embraer and CAE announced today that Embraer CAE Training Services (ECTS) has deployed a new full flight simulator (FFS) for the Phenom 300E to meet the growing demand for business jet training in the United States. The new FFS will be operated by ECTS, a joint venture between Embraer and CAE, at the new CAE Las Vegas Training Center near Henderson International Airport. In addition to this FFS in Nevada, there are six Phenom-series simulators operating in Dallas, Texas, London Burgess Hill in the UK and Guarulhos in Brazil.
CAE recently inaugurated the Las Vegas facility, its newest business aviation training centre and its first on the U.S. west coast. Located in Clark County near Harry Reid International Airport, the 50,000 square-foot training facility has a capacity for up to eight full flight simulators (FFS), seven of which are already in operation for the Bombardier Global 7500, Gulfstream G650, G550, GIV, GV and Embraer ERJ145 aircraft. It began operations in October 2022, adding essential business aviation training capacity in the region to help meet the increased demand for business jet pilots.
CAE celebrated the milestone during an event at the new training centre, welcoming customers, partners, employees, government officials and industry representatives to the official ribbon-cutting ceremony led by CAE's president and CEO, Marc Parent.
“The inauguration of CAE Las Vegas is another significant milestone in the expansion of our business aviation training network, bringing CAE closer to customers on the west coast and beyond,” says Marc Parent, CAE's president and CEO. “Offering a strategic location, an attractive business environment and a highly specialised workforce, Nevada is the perfect location for CAE's first west coast business aviation training centre. We are proud to officially call the Silver State home, and we are grateful to Nevadans for their support and warm welcome.”
The opening has created more than 75 highly skilled jobs in Nevada, and its broader portfolio is in alignment with Nevada's electric, innovative and connected future. Over the next decade, CAE expects to contribute a total economic value of more than $220 million to the region.
In response to increased demand for business aviation training, the facility will train over 2,500 pilots annually to help grow the U.S. pilot pipeline and keep customers flying.
“We are very happy to see our partnership with Embraer grow with the addition of a new Phenom series simulator to our training network, and the first in Las Vegas, a strategic location for both our customers and business. With Phenom FFS in four locations, we are bringing our innovative methodologies and advanced simulation technology closer to where our customers operate their aircraft. With partners like Embraer, we are expanding our network and increasing capacity to meet the growing demand for business jet pilots,” says Nick Leontidis, CAE group president, Civil Aviation.