Vilnius, Lithuania, July 19, 2011 – Aviation training centre Baltic Aviation Academy (BAA) based in Vilnius, Lithuania, signed an agreement with CAE, leading provider of simulation and modelling technologies and integrated training solutions for the civil aviation and defence forces. CAE will be the provider of choice for BAA full-flight simulator (FFS) requirements as well as training services for selected aircraft types.
Baltic Aviation Academy will lease an Airbus A320 full-flight simulator from CAE and relocate it to Vilnius, Lithuania. CAE will also provide pilot training for BAA customers at CAE Training Centres in Amsterdam, Netherlands; Brussels, Belgium; London, United Kingdom and Madrid, Spain. The agreement is focused on leveraging the advantages of CAE's training technology and training network for airlines in Russia and Eastern Europe.
“Our objective is to offer the best training possible for Russian and Eastern European airlines, and by joining forces with the world leader in simulation technology and training we can ensure the standard high quality services for the types of aircraft programs offered," said Egle Vaitkeviciute, Chief Executive Officer of Baltic Aviation Academy. "In addition to our training centres in Europe and the United States, our customers can access the extensive training resources of CAE's growing global network."
Baltic Aviation Academy is approved as a Flight Training Organization (FTO) and Type Rating Training Organization (TRTO) by the Civil Aviation Administration of Lithuania. Course certificates are automatically valid in all JAA/EASA areas. Also, civil aviation authorities of Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan have approved BAA's training centre.
“Eastern Europe is a growing market for commercial aviation, and the combined footprint of BAA and CAE addresses a wide range of the aircraft types in the region's airline fleets,” said Jeff Roberts, CAE’s Group President, Civil Simulation Products, Training and Services. "This is another example of CAE's flexibility in working with customers and partners to provide the industry's broadest simulation portfolio of simulation with training options that are easy to access and tailored to each customer's unique training requirements."
About Baltic Aviation Academy
Baltic Aviation Academy is a well-recognized brand in Russian and CIS aviation markets. BAA offers a range of personally tailored initial and recurring trainings for pilots or cabin crew designed to develop professional careers with an aircraft of choice, to become an instructor or examiner, get better employment or take on a temporary mission abroad. Baltic Aviation Academy personnel has trained over 10,000 aviation specialists. BAA is part of Avia Solutions Group, a group of companies focusing on aviation business solutions for airlines and travel business companies offering integrated fleet management, crew training, management and rental, charter flight, aircraft maintenance and other services. Avia Solutions Group is listed on Warsaw Stock Exchange (WSE: ASG). www.balticaa.com
CAE (NYSE: CAE; TSX: CAE) is a global leader in modeling, simulation and training for civil aviation and defence. The company employs more than 7,500 people at more than 100 sites and training locations in more than 20 countries. Through CAE’s global network of 32 civil aviation, military and helicopter training centres, the company trains more than 80,000 crewmembers yearly. CAE’s business is diversified, ranging from the sale of simulation products to providing comprehensive services such as training and aviation services, professional services and in-service support. The company aims to apply its simulation expertise and operational experience to help customers enhance safety, improve efficiency, maintain readiness and solve challenging problems. CAE is now leveraging its simulation capabilities in new markets such as healthcare and mining. www.cae.com