CAE, InterGlobe Enterprises, and Airbus held a ground breaking ceremony for a new pilot and maintenance technician training centre in Delhi, India's National Capital Region. The CAE-Interglobe joint venture is expected to start offering pilot and maintenance training solutions in 2013 and will eventually be able to train up to 5,000 pilots and technicians annually for airlines in India and the neighbouring region.
The groundbreaking featured a traditional Indian Bhoomi Pooja ceremony, and was attended by representatives of Airbus, CAE and InterGlobe.
Dr. Kiran Rao, President, Airbus (India), said, "The demand for pilots in India and the neighbouring region is large. India is one of the fastest-growing aviation markets in the world and will require above 1,000 aircraft over the next 20 years, so investing in pilot and crew training facility is for the long term to continue the growth of the national's commercial airlines and in turn the growth of the Indian economy"
Rahul Bhatia, InterGlobe Group Managing Director, said, "We are delighted to collaborate with CAE and Airbus to bring to the National Capital Region a world-class training facility. This training centre will be pivotal to meeting the needs of the civil aviation community in India and offer access to globally benchmarked training technology and solutions to aviation personnel here."
CAE's Jeff Roberts, CAE Group President, Civil Simulation Products, Training and Service, said, "The new training centre in the National Capital Region is a testimony to our continued long-term commitment to serve the growing needs of the aviation industry in India. This will be the fifth CAE aviation training facility in the country, and our entire focus at these training centres is enhancing the safety and operational efficiency of our customers."
The new Delhi centre will be located on 3.5 acres in the Greater Noida Industrial Area about 40 kilometres southeast of Delhi. The focus of the new Delhi training centre will be to provide "wet" and "dry" type-rating, recurrent, conversion and jet indoctrination training for commercial aircraft pilots. Programs will also be offered for maintenance technicians. The Delhi training centre will initially house four full-flight simulators and will be capable of expansion to eight simulator bays. Advanced training technology will be used such as CAE Simfinity multimedia classrooms, computer-based training and brief/debrief facilities.
The new training centre in Delhi will become part of the Airbus-CAE flight crew training services cooperation agreement which provides Airbus operators with a joint global network of training centres with the largest fleet of full-flight simulators (FFS) for Airbus aircraft types, standardized courseware and expert instructors. Airbus-CAE cooperation, which began in 2002, has grown to more than 60 FFSs in nearly 20 locations in Asia, India, the Middle East, Europe, North and South America.
In the CAE Bengaluru centre, established in 2007, CAE trains more than 1,500 crewmembers annually including pilots from several Indian airlines such as Air India, Go Air, IndiGo, Jet Airways, Kingfisher Airlines and SpiceJet. In partnership with the Government of India, CAE operates ab initio flight schools in Gondia and Rae Bareli. CAE also operates with partner Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) a helicopter training centre in Bengaluru equipped with the first advanced, full-fidelity helicopter simulators in India.
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