Fri, 4 Oct 2019

CAE Opens Two New Aviation Training Centres in England; Italy Next

CAE has opened two new training centres in the United Kingdom, one at London Gatwick and another in Manchester.

CAE also recently expanded its Barcelona training centre and will open another facility in Milan, Italy on 10 October .

Equipped with state-of-the-art flight simulators, the new centres provide advanced training facilities for Europe-based airlines, including easyJet, with whom CAE signed a 10-year exclusive pilot training agreement in 2018.

“These new training centres and our expansion in Europe underscore the important role that CAE plays in helping the industry build and grow a strong pipeline of professional pilots,’’ said Marc Parent, CAE’s President and CEO. “The start of training at the new CAE London Gatwick and CAE Manchester centres is an important milestone marking the growth of CAE’s global network to 59 civil aviation training centres and flight academies. Through the long-term agreement with easyJet, and training partnerships with Virgin Atlantic, BA CityFlyer, Norwegian, TUI UK, LOT Polish Airlines and SAS Ireland to name but a few, CAE continues to be further recognized as the training partner of choice for airlines in Europe and around the world.”

David Morgan (left), easyJet’s interim Chief Operations Officer, with Marc Parent CAE’s President and CEO. Click to enlarge.

CAE London Gatwick

The new CAE London Gatwick training centre is currently equipped with seven new CAE 7000XR Series full-flight simulators (FFS) including simulators for the Airbus A320-family, Airbus A350 and Airbus A330 platforms.

By the end of 2020, following the relocation of five simulators from the current CAE Gatwick centre (including 2 A320, 1 B757/767, 1 B737NG, 1 E190), and the addition of a new Boeing 787 simulator, it will offer training on 13 full-flight simulators.

In December 2019, easyJet will be the first airline to train its pilots on CAE’s latest flight training device (FTD), the CAE 600XR, adding flexibility to the airline’s training curriculum with the highest training device fidelity available in the fixed base training market. The device, reproducing the Airbus A320, will be equipped with a CAE Tropos 6000XR collimated visual system and a fully enclosed instructor area.

On a daily basis, the CAE London Gatwick training centre has the capacity to host over 500 people, including pilots, cabin crew, and technicians. Per year, it is capable of training around 13,000 pilots, supporting the demand for commercial pilots, that continues to grow at an accelerated pace.

CAE Manchester

The new CAE Manchester training centre is equipped with two Airbus A320 FFSs, a British Aerospace 146 FFS and a Boeing 757/767 FFS. An Airbus A330/A340 FFS will be added at the end of 2019.

In addition to easyJet, this training centre supports several Europe-based airlines, by providing cadet to captain training solutions and cabin crew training equipment.

CAE Milan

A new CAE Milan training centre will be inaugurated on 10 October 2019 to provide a local solution to pilot and cabin crew training for easyJet.

The centre currently operates three new CAE 7000XR Series Airbus A320 FFSs equipped with the CAE Tropos 6000XR visual system.

These FFSs will be joined by CAE’s latest 600XR Airbus A320 flight training device (FTD) equipped with CAE Tropos 6000XR collimated visual system and a fully enclosed instructor area in December 2019.

CAE Barcelona

CAE recently expanded its training centre in Barcelona to support the training needs of airline customers Vueling, Volotea and Norwegian.

The CAE Barcelona training centre which offers A320 and Boeing 737NG training recently deployed a third simulator, an Airbus A320 FFS, as well as additional classrooms, and cabin crew training equipment.

David Morgan, easyJet’s interim Chief Operations Officer, said, “We know that a key element of success is to have the very latest standard of training devices, which accurately reflect the modern fleet of aircraft that we have. We are delighted to be partnered with CAE as a trusted manufacturer and training provider. We are confident that this partnership will ensure that easyJet pilots will continue to be regarded as the best pilots in the world.”

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