Abu Dhabi Aviation partners with CAE in training deal
December 13, 2016
CAE has agreed to expand its flight training services to Abu Dhabi Aviation (ADA). “The expansion encompasses the commercial, business and helicopter aviation training collaboration between the two companies and also includes the sale of two full-flight simulators and CAE instructor-led training,” according to Charles Alcock’s news article published at the AINonline website on 8 December 2016.
This agreement, which represents an extensive upgrade to ADA’s current flight training programmes, will see operations commence in quarter one of 2017. CAE and ADA are poised to implement greater collaboration in the different training dynamics, targeting operators in a new facility that ADA has established in Abu Dhabi.
According to Alcock: “The CAE 700XR-series simulators, equipped with CAE Tropos 6000XR visual systems, will be ready for commercial pilot training in 2018.” However, the new programme will not entirely replace the “existing CAE simulators for the Leonardo AW139 and Bell 412 helicopters.” Rather, the new programmes will complement the current ones.
ADA’s management has expressed confidence in CAE’s ability to deliver high-quality training programmes to operators. Alcock quotes ADA’s chairman, H.E. Nadir Al Hammadi, as saying: “CAE has been training our pilots and providing state-of-the-art training equipment for more than a decade, and we are looking forward to this extended collaboration for the support of our own and our customers’ growing training needs long into the future.”
CAE’s top management is equally optimistic about the company’s ability to deliver top-notch flight training programmes. The company is in the process of introducing new technologies that are designed to increase efficiency in the delivery of these programmes. Alcock quotes Nick Leontidis, Group President of Civil Aviation Training at CAE, as saying: “We are now beta testing an objective way to assess and grade performance and to allow instructors to accept or reject the performance of critical tasks.”