Irish low-fares carrier Ryanair is boosting its training capability with a $24 million order for four training devices from CAE. The Canadian simulator manufacturer will supply two Boeing 737-800 full flight simulators (FFS) and two Simfinity 737-800 flight management systems trainers.

The two FFS, equipped with CAE's Maxvue visual system, will be installed at Ryanair's training base at East Midlands Airport in central England, where the airline already operates a 737-800 FFS. The Simfinity trainers consist of a suite of desktop products, three-dimensional trainers and simulation-based courses.

CAE has also announced a three-year $10 million contract with Spanish carrier Spanair to train its pilots at CAE's Madrid aviation training centre. Its pilots will begin training in November on an Airbus A320 FFS and an MD-80 FFS. Spanair joins Air Nostrum with a contract at the centre. Pilots from this Spanish regional airline have trained on a Bombardier CRJ200/700 FFS since December 2001, and will start on a Dash 8 FFS later this summer.

Source: Flight Daily News