HOUSTON, TEXAS, USA -- (Marketwire - Feb. 21, 2010) - (NYSE:CAE)(TSX:CAE) - CAE today announced at the Helicopter Association International (HAI) Heli-Expo conference that Bell Helicopter is providing aircraft systems and performance data and technical support for the Bell 412 training programs which CAE will begin offering this summer in Mexico and Bangalore, India.
CAE is locating a suite of Bell 412 training tools in Mexico, including a CAE 7000 Series Level D full-flight simulator (FFS), CAE Simfinity Integrated Procedures Trainer (IPT), computer-based training, e-Learning and other courseware. A similar suite, including a CAE-built Bell 412 FFS, which was previously announced, will be located at the new Helicopter Academy to Train by Simulation of Flying (HATSOFF) training centre in Bangalore, India.
"These two new training operations expand CAE's global network to serve helicopter operators in Central and South America, as well as Asia," said Jeff Roberts, CAE's Group President, Civil Simulation Products, Training and Services. "CAE is the only company which offers advanced technology helicopter simulator training in five major regions of the world so pilots may access high-fidelity training close to their home base."
In Mexico CAE will operate the CAE-built Bell 412 Level D full-flight simulator and will deliver all ground school, instrument rating, and simulator type-rating training with CAE instructors.
The HATSOFF training centre is a joint venture between Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) of India and CAE. The centre will include a simulator featuring CAE's revolutionary roll-on/roll-off cockpit design, which enables cockpits representing various helicopter types to be used in the simulator. HATSOFF will offer complete training solutions for the Bell 412, Eurocopter AS365 Dauphin, and both civil and military variants of the HAL-built Dhruv advanced light helicopter.
"We are delighted to support CAE's expansion into these global markets," said Danny Maldonado, Senior Vice President and Chief Services Officer. "This partnership provides our customers in Asia and the Americas with convenient access to high-quality training for Bell 412 operators."
The Mexico and India facilities complement CAE-owned and joint venture helicopter training operations located in the following regions:
- Middle East where Emirates-CAE Flight Training in Dubai offers a Bell 412 FFS;
- Europe where Rotorsim, a joint venture of AgustaWestland and CAE, in Sesto Calende, Italy, offers A109 and AW139 simulators;
- North America where CAE's North East Training Centre in Morristown, New Jersey offers Sikorsky S-76C+/S-76B and AW139 FFSs.
Bell Helicopter, a wholly owned subsidiary of Textron Inc., is an industry-leading producer of commercial and military, manned and unmanned vertical lift aircraft and the pioneer of the revolutionary tilt rotor aircraft. Globally recognized for world-class customer service, innovation and superior quality, Bell's global workforce serves customers flying Bell aircraft in more than 120 countries. www.bellhelicopter.textron.com
CAE is a world leader in providing simulation and modelling technologies and integrated training solutions for the civil aviation industry and defence forces around the globe. With annual revenues exceeding C$1.6 billion, CAE employs more than 6,500 people at more than 90 sites and training locations in 20 countries. We have the largest installed base of civil and military full-flight simulators and training devices. Through our global network of 29 civil aviation and military training centres, we train more than 75,000 crewmembers yearly. We also offer modelling and simulation software to various market segments and, through CAE's professional services division, we assist customers with a wide range of simulation-based needs. www.cae.com
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