CAE's agreement with Emirates to expand their joint venture signals the company's entry into business jet training. The Dubai centre will offer training on the Gulfstream IV and V, the Airbus Corporate Jet and Boeing Business Jet. The Gulfstream orders are based on CAE's lower-cost, next-generation Sim XXI, aimed at the business and regional jet markets.

Business jet training is dominated by Flight Safety International, which continues to bolster its fleet with simulators built in-house, most recently adding its first Cessna Citation CJ2, third Citation Excel and second Raytheon Hawker 800XP aircraft. Dallas/Fort Worth-based GE Capital SimuFlite is also expanding, adding five simulators this year, including its first Citation Excel and Raytheon Beechjet machines.

Low-cost provider SimCom is opening a training centre in Orlando, Florida. It will house business jet simulators relocated from parent Pan Am International Flight Academy in Miami, plus a Hawker 800 machine SimCom itself is building for installation in April.

Source: Flight International