CAE (NYSE:CAE)(TSX:CAE) announced today on the eve of the European Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (EBACE) that it will begin training pilots and maintenance technicians this summer for Gulfstream G450 and G550 business aircraft operators in Asia at the Shanghai Eastern Flight Training Centre (SEFTC), located in Shanghai Pudong Waigaoqiao Free Trade Zone. Shanghai is CAE's first business aviation training location in Asia and the eighth in its global network.
CAE recently opened a new training centre in Toluca, Mexico (near Mexico City) and will launch its ninth and 10th business aviation training locations later this year in Sao Paulo, Brazil and Melbourne, Australia. Pilot and maintenance technician training is also delivered in Amsterdam, The Netherlands; Dallas, New York and Phoenix, USA; London, UK; and Dubai, UAE.
"The new locations being rolled out in Mexico City / Toluca, Shanghai, Sao Paulo and Melbourne are all in emerging markets with high business aviation growth. CAE's 10 locations represent the broadest international training network for business aircraft operators," said Jeff Roberts, CAE Group President, Civil Simulation Products, Training and Services. "CAE is committed to delivering the highest-quality training for our global customers in easily accessible regional locations to optimise their pilot and maintenance technician training programs."
In Mexico, CAE began delivering Bombardier Learjet 40/45 and Bell 412 helicopter training at the beginning of 2012. In Sao Paulo, training for Embraer Phenom 100 and 300 pilots and technicians will be available by early fall. And in Melbourne, training will begin by year end for the Hawker Beechcraft King Air 350 with Pro Line 21 avionics.
SEFTC is the training centre for China Eastern Airlines, which was recently approved by the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) to launch a business aviation company. Shanghai Eastern Flight Training Centre currently operates 11 CAE-built FFSs for Airbus and Boeing aircraft types. In addition to a new CAE 5000 Series full-flight simulator with a third-generation Tropos-6000(TM) visual system, the G450 / G550 pilot and maintenance training programs will feature standard CAE courseware in Mandarin as well as English.
CAE also previously announced it will offer training in Asia for the Bombardier(i) Global 5000, Global Express and Global Express XRS business aircraft in early 2013 at a location to be announced, and training for the Dassault Falcon 7X aircraft at a date to be prescribed by market conditions. Training for the Sikorsky S-76C++ helicopter will also be offered later this year at the Zhuhai Flight Training Centre, a joint venture of China Southern Airlines and CAE which also offers training for Airbus, Boeing and Embraer commercial aircraft types.
Date: May 14, 2012