BOMBARDIER HAS awarded CAE Electronics a $27 million contract to build the first two simulators for its Global Express long-range business jet.

The full-flight and fixed-base simulators will be installed at the Bombardier Aerospace Training Centre in Montreal by early 1998. The centre, which was opened in December 1995, is a joint venture between Bombardier and CAE.

The Global Express full-flight simulator, with CAE MaxVue visual system, will be the fourth Level D machine to be installed in the centre, joining two Canadair Regional Jet simulators and a Challenger 604 machine - all built by CAE. Bombardier says that the companies will work closely to dovetail development of the aircraft and the training equipment.

The Canadian manufacturer plans to fly the first Global Express in September. First deliveries are due in September 1998.

Source: Flight International