CAE Joins Bombardier in Developing the CSeries Aircraft Program and Initial Training Devices

LE BOURGET, FRANCE — CAE announces it has been selected as one of the CSeries suppliers to support Bombardier in the design, integration, and development of the CSeries aircraft program, and to support the aircraft's entry into service (EIS) training program.

The contract with Bombardier includes the design and manufacture of an engineering development simulator as well as the prototype full-flight simulator (FFS) for the CSeries aircraft. These two simulators bring the total simulator sales that CAE has announced so far in fiscal 2010 to four.

Under the agreement with Bombardier, CAE will first provide a comprehensive suite of products, engineering services and simulation-based technology tools to support the design, testing, and certification of the CSeries platform as part of Bombardier's Complete Integrated Aircraft Systems Test Aircraft (CIASTA) program. All research and development for this project will be done in Montreal, Canada. CAE will then design and deliver the prototype FFS, a CAE 7000 Series simulator, as well as a full suite of CAE Simfinity training devices to support the aircraft EIS and Bombardier flight and technical training.

CAE is launching a new suite of products and services as part of Bombardier's CIASTA program called the CAE Augmented Engineering Environment. The CAE Augmented Engineering Environment includes a modelling and simulation environment that will allow original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to evaluate, test, and validate a range of aircraft models and systems during the development phase.

As part of the program, CAE will deliver an engineering development simulator, host computer system, and interface with an Integrated System Test Certification Rig that is used to perform testing in a hardware-in-the-loop environment to support the following systems development, systems validation and verification, safety of flight, and certification.

CAE will complement the delivery of the CAE Augmented Engineering Environment with engineering design and support services throughout the development phase of the aircraft program.

"This agreement marks an innovative and significant step forward for CAE as we are applying more of our simulation and modelling expertise to support the design and development of an exciting new airliner like the CSeries aircraft, while continuing our strong history of delivering prototype simulators before an aircraft's first flight," says Jeff Roberts, CAE's Group President, Civil Simulation Products, Training and Services. "We are also developing a new suite of products and services as part of the CAE Augmented Engineering Environment that can be offered to any OEM to support new aircraft development in both the civil aviation and military market segments."

"This agreement illustrates the leadership and innovation originating within Canada's world-class aerospace industry," says James Hoblyn, President, Bombardier Customer Services & Specialized and Amphibious Aircraft. "CAE's modelling and simulation-based solutions will help us accelerate and enhance the efficiency of the CSeries aircraft development, all while reducing cycle time and overall costs associated with testing and validation."

Work on the project will begin immediately and the delivery of the engineering development simulator and CAE Augmented Engineering Environment to support Bombardier's CIASTA program is scheduled for 2011. The prototype CSeries FFS and CAE Simfinity training devices for initial pilot training will be ready-for-training (RFT) in 2013 to support the Bombardier CSeries' scheduled 2013 entry into service.