Simaero, a leading aviation training provider, strengthens its presence in the A350 pilot training segment by purchasing a new A350 Full-Flight Simulator (FFS) from CAE.
Simaero has ordered a brand-new CAE 7000XR A350-900 FFS with the latest Airbus Training Standards. And to offer an enhanced customer experience, the future device will be equipped with a dual head up display (HUD). This new simulator order is the first for the group in over a decade.
“To meet our customers’ demanding requirements, we needed a high-grade full-flight simulator technology. Knowing the high fidelity and reliability of the five CAE devices we already operate, this acquisition was a logical next step to the close relationship we are having with them for many years,” comments Damien Dabancourt, Simaero FSTD Manager.
With this acquisition, Simaero introduces a new widebody aircraft type to its simulator portfolio and confirms its position on A350 FFS pilot training capabilities. The group was already offering A350 pilot training on the two Air France A350 FFS near Paris Charles-de-Gaulle Airport as part of its exclusive partnership with the French airline, but this new device will significantly expand its ability to answer A350 pilot training needs.
Like most of its fleet, the future simulator will be certified by the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). Simaero’s Approved Training Organization (ATO) will offer EASA-approved A350 type-rating, CCQ, and CTR courses, starting this spring.
“Being attentive to our customers’ growing fleet and the lack of adequate FFS capacities in strategic locations, we have realized the need to offer additional training solutions on A350 FFS. Our new FFS and the associated bespoke pilot training programs will help absorb the indisputable increase in demand during the coming years,” affirms Nicolas Mouté, CEO of Simaero.
Proof that this announcement meets a growing demand on the market, Simaero confirms having already signed the first long-term contract with one of its key customers regarding the future simulator.
“We are under discussion with other customers to sign exclusive deals on the A350 FFS, and we keep receiving inquiries from airlines around the globe,” adds Lina Rutkauskiene, commercial director of Simaero.
This new device will be located in Simaero Paris Training Center and is expected to be fully operational by the end of 2024.