CAE's robust success in securing full-flight simulator deals became ever more apparent recently as it received orders for FFSs and related Simfinity training devices valued at more than C$56 million ($56.6 million) from Aeroflot, Ansett Aviation Training, Skymark Airlines and a JV company that owns 50% of CAE's training center in Bangalore. So far in FY09 CAE has announced 10 FFS sales.
"We have had a strong start to our fiscal year and we expect continued success by offering the industry's most comprehensive portfolio of simulation products ideally suited for pilot training programs," said CAE Simulation Products and Military Training & Services Group President Marc Parent. "We're particularly pleased to welcome first-time customer Skymark to our long list of simulation equipment customers."
Aeroflot purchased a CAE 5000 Series A320 FFS slated for delivery to its Moscow training facility this year, while Skymark ordered a CAE 7000 Series 737-800 FFS scheduled for 2009 delivery.
"Aeroflot has been operating a CAE-built A320 simulator for the past four years and we have been very satisfied with the high quality of the equipment and CAE's excellent customer support," said Aeroflot Training Center Director Guennadii Prikhodchenko. "When we decided to add another A320 device to our facility, we evaluated CAE's new 5000 Series full-flight simulator and once again came to the decision that CAE should be our supplier."
AAT committed to a CAE 7000 Series A320 FFS, while the JV bought a Simfinity Airbus Pilot Transition trainer, a CAE 7000 Series A320 FFS and a CAE 7000 Series 737NG FFS slated for summer delivery.
"Ansett Aviation Training continues to expand, with our new training facility close to completion where we will provide a first-class training experience across a range of aircraft types," AAT Director David Gilmour remarked. "We are pleased to work again with CAE in providing an enhanced training opportunity for A320 operators and their crews."
On July 9, CAE announced that the 777-300ER full-flight simulator it designed and manufactured for Delta Air Lines won Level D certification under FAR Part 60. US FAA implemented Part 60 in late May as an extension of its National Simulator Program to bolster qualification requirements for the use of flight simulation training devices.
"We are proud to be the first sponsor in the world of a Part 60 qualified simulator," DL Simulator Support GM Steve Sage said. "We are committed to the highest levels of aviation safety and to offering our pilots the highest fidelity simulation equipment for our pilot training program. This achievement is a testament to CAE's flexibility and responsiveness."
The FFS, which is in operation at Delta's training center in Atlanta, is the first to achieve this certification. Recognizing the scope of this achievement, Parent said: "CAE has a long history of industry firsts and we are extremely proud to add the first simulator qualified under the FAA's new Part 60 rule to this list. We have a long-term customer relationship with Delta and worked very closely with them over the past couple of months to ensure this simulator would meet the demanding requirements for qualification under the Part 60 rule."