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CAE selects Kuala Lumpur as Southeast Asia Training Hub

Travel News Asia Latest Travel News Tuesday, 15 January  2008

CAE has selected Kuala Lumpur as the location for its Southeast Asian training hub, and will leverage its existing partnership with AirAsia to develop an aviation centre of excellence and expand within the region. In November CAE signed a contract to manage AirAsias Type Rating Training Organization (TRTO) located at the AirAsia Academy to provide pilot training for all of AirAsias current and future pilots.

CAE will deliver aviation training to pilots, maintenance technicians, and cabin crews for airlines across Southeast Asia. Kuala Lumpur will also act as CAEs regional hub for Multi-Crew Pilot License (MPL) and Airbus original equipment manufacturer (OEM) training.

Southeast Asia is one of the fastest growing markets for aviation in the world, said Jeff Roberts, Group President, Innovation and Civil Training & Services at CAE. With a huge delivery of aircraft expected in the region over the next few years, the region needs to establish the infrastructure, support, and standards to ensure the highest quality pilot and maintenance training. Developing this hub with AirAsia will not only enable us to bring pilot and maintenance training in Southeast Asia to the next level, it will give Asian customers the convenience of completing their training close to home.

The AirAsia Academy, located near the Low Cost Carrier Terminal, Sepang is currently equipped with three simulators: two CAE-built Airbus A320s belonging to AirAsia and a Boeing 737-300 owned by CAE. CAE has already committed to add another Airbus A320 simulator and an Airbus A330 simulator over the next 12 months. CAE will add full-flight simulators, advanced training aids, a simulation based training curriculum and courseware that meet market demand.

CAE offers training services for pilots and maintenance technicians via a network of 24 aviation training centres to a range of clients worldwide. To address the worldwide shortage of pilots, CAE founded the CAE Global Academy, a global network of flight training organizations. One of the founding members of the CAE Global Academy, HM Aerospace, is located in Malaysia.

Southeast Asia is currently experiencing a severe shortage of pilots. It is expected that more than 1,000 pilots will be required per year in the region over the next 20 years to meet the expanding needs of the industry.

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