NBAA 09: CAE showcases tailored training approach

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CAE is using the show to highlight its focus on tailored training solutions aimed at meeting the needs of individual operators, rather than taking a one-size-fits-all approach.

Business for initial training has taken a hit due to fewer deliveries of new aircraft, but recurrent training has been more insulated from the downturn, says the company.

"Our global network of training centres can be flexible and customized to meet the operational reality of individual operators," says Jeff Roberts, CAE group president, civil simulation products. "For example, we will demonstrate CAE Flightscape flight data analysis software, which enables the study and understanding of recorded flight data in the actual aircraft, as well as the simulator."

This approach can also help the business aviation industry improve its safety record, which still lags behind that of scheduled airline operators, argues Roberts.

"We believe one way to further improve the safety record of business aviation is to give pilots even more operationally relevant training scenarios," he says.

The Canadian flight simulator and training solutions provider meanwhile says it is seeing signs of recovery in the business aviation sector, although it will be some time before market returns to full health.

"We have seen some stabilization in the business aviation market over the past several months, so we are cautiously optimistic that the worst may be behind us," says Roberts. "That does not mean, though, that business aviation will be returning to the robust, high-flying market of several years ago in the near-term," he adds.

CAE's new Cessna Citation CJ3 full-flight simulator is due to be certificated shortly at the company's North East Training Center (NETC) in Morristown, New Jersey. It also installed a new Gulfstream 200 simulator at the NETC earlier this year. Early next year, a new Falcon 50X full-flight simulator will be ready for training in Dallas.