EBACE, Geneva, Switzerland, May 19, 2008 – (NYSE: CGT; TSX: CAE) – CAE has launched a major expansion to its business aviation training centre in Morristown, New Jersey, increasing the number of simulator bays from six to 15 as part of its continuing plan to grow its corporate aircraft training business. The expansion of the CAE North East Training Centre is scheduled for completion in the fall of 2008. CAE also announced the entry into service of its Gulfstream G450/550 full-flight simulator and the arrival of a Hawker Beechcraft 800XPi full-flight simulator on site.
Training for Gulfstream G450 and G550, including initial and recurrent training has already begun. Classes for the Hawker Beechcraft 800XPi started in May. In addition to those aircraft types, the North East Training Centre offers training for the Dassault Falcon 7X, Falcon 900EX EASy/2000EX EASy, Gulfstream IV and Sikorsky S76B C+.
Other platforms will be added in the near future, including complete training programs for the Gulfstream 200, Bombardier Challenger 300, and Falcon 50EX. They are part of CAE’s global business aviation expansion announced at NBAA in September 2007. At the show, CAE announced it was increasing its training programs worldwide to address 90% of all business aviation aircraft and cover all major OEMs.
“By expanding our business aviation training footprint to address more aircraft, we are offering more choices to our customers and bringing our training services closer to more corporate operators than ever before,” said Jeff Roberts, CAE’s Group President, Innovation and Civil Training & Services. “We are proud to provide the highest quality training and equipment to our customers.”
CAE’s training curriculum, courseware and innovative methodologies are offered at the centre. It is equipped with CAE’s latest technologies including full-flight simulators (FFSs) and the CAE Simfinity™ product suite consisting of two-dimensional (2D) and three-dimensional (3D) training devices. CAE Simfinity offers the same true-fidelity Level D simulation technology used in fullflight simulators, end-to-end along the entire training continuum: from CAE courseware and tools like procedure trainers and brief/debrief flight simulator stations used in instructor-led sessions to those designed for on-line computer-based training. CAE’s Simfinity makes the learning experience real and absolutely seamless, improving training efficiency and effectiveness while reducing risk and cost.
In addition to the North East Training Centre, CAE offers business aviation training in three other training centres worldwide: CAE SimuFlite in Dallas, U.S.; Emirates-CAE Flight Training in Dubai, United Arab Emirates; and CAE Burgess Hill training centre in Burgess Hill, U.K.
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 billion, CAE employs approximately 6,000 people at more than 75 sites and training locations in 20 countries. We have the largest installed base of civil and military fullflight simulators and training devices. Through our global network of 27 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