Montréal, February 14, 2011 – Bombardier Aerospace today announced that it has increased the capacity of its training network with the addition of a CAE-built Level D Full-Flight Simulator (FFS) in Dallas, Texas, to serve the growing number of Challenger 605 business jet operators in the United States and worldwide.
The new Challenger 605 aircraft simulator, located at Bombardier’s company-owned training facility at the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport in Texas, received Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Transport Canada (TC) certification in late December 2010 and began customer training on January 5, 2011. Certification by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) was obtained in mid-January 2011. The new simulator, ordered in January 2010, will supplement existing training offered at the company’s facility in Montréal and effectively doubles the number of training opportunities for Challenger 605 business jet operators.
In the past 12 months, Bombardier has added four new simulators for its aircraft training programs. In addition to the new Challenger 605 aircraft simulator, and through its Authorized Training Provider (ATP) agreement with CAE, operators now have access to EASA-qualified FFSs for Challenger 300 aircraft at CAE’s training centre in Amsterdam and Learjet 40, Learjet 40 XR, Learjet 45 and Learjet 45 XR aircraft at CAE’s training centre in Burgess Hill, United Kindgom, as well as to a Global Express FFS at Emirates-CAE Flight Training in Dubai, qualified by the FAA, EASA and the UAE General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA).
Bombardier will add a CAE-built Global Vision FFS at its training centre in Montréal by the second quarter of this year and will complete the relocation of its Challenger 604 aircraft FFS from its Montréal centre to CAE’s training centre in Amsterdam by the end of the first quarter of this year. All of these CAE-built Level D Full-Flight Simulators have been previously announced.
“At Bombardier, we believe that customer training is key to providing our operators with the highest possible level of service and support, and we are committed to expanding the reach of our network to meet existing and anticipated demand for both our training services and industryleading business aircraft,” said James Hoblyn, President, Customer Services & Specialized and Amphibious Aircraft, Bombardier Aerospace.
Bombardier is the only original equipment manufacturer (OEM) of business aircraft to provide pilot and maintenance training services for its customers. The company’s experienced instructors use state-of-the-art training programs and methods to impart first-hand knowledge to pilots and maintenance professionals at Bombardier-owned training centres in Montréal and Dallas, as well as through CAE-authorized training provider facilities in the United States, United Kingdom and United Arab Emirates. To date, the company has trained over 80,000 customer pilots and technicians, who have collectively logged over two million simulator hours.
Since January 2007, over 120 Challenger 605 jets entered into service with customers worldwide. The Challenger 300 business jet entered into service in January 2004, and there are currently over 290 jets in the in-service fleet.
A world-leading manufacturer of innovative transportation solutions, from commercial aircraft and business jets to rail transportation equipment, systems and services, Bombardier Inc. is a global corporation headquartered in Canada. Its revenues for the fiscal year ended Jan. 31, 2010, were $19.4 billion US, and its shares are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (BBD). Bombardier is listed as an index component to the Dow Jones Sustainability World and North America indexes. News and information are available at www.bombardier.com.