German Army Aviation School surpasses 100,000 hours of simulator training

CAE (NYSE:CAE)(TSX:CAE) today announced that the German Army Aviation School recently surpassed 100,000 hours of simulator training.

Located at Buckeburg in Northern Germany, the Hans E. Drebing simulator centre of the German Army Aviation School is Europe's largest helicopter simulation training facility. The simulator centre includes 12 CAE-built full-flight simulators - two CH-53, two UH-1D, and eight EC135 - in addition to two NH90 simulators. CAE GmbH is the contractor responsible for providing comprehensive training support services on-site at the Hans E. Drebing simulator centre.

"Surpassing 100,000 hours of simulator training over the past decade is a remarkable milestone for the German Army and the other defence and security forces who train here in Buckeburg," said Brigadier General Alfons Mais, Commander of the German Army Aviation School. "We are proud that simulator training has proven to be safe, cost-efficient and an effective learning environment for our helicopter aircrews."

Since 2003, the UH-1D simulators have logged more than 27,000 hours; the CH-53 simulators more than 18,000 hours; and the EC135 simulators more than 55,000 hours. The simulators are used to deliver initial and advanced pilot training, including night flying operations. In addition to the German Army, other customers who have trained at the German Army Aviation School include the Spanish Army, Swedish Air Force, Irish Army, German Federal and State Police, Hungarian Air Rescue, and others.

"The German Army Aviation School at Buckeburg is a world-class showcase for CAE's capabilities, and we are proud to have played a role in helping the German Army reach over 100,000 hours of simulator training at the facility," said Ian Bell, CAE's Vice President and Regional Business Leader - Europe. "Simulation-based training is becoming increasingly important as defence and security forces address budget challenges while still maintaining readiness for the demanding and complex missions they are asked to perform."

Source: CAE
Date: Oct 17, 2013