CAE and Líder Aviação joint venture training program to expand with AW139 full-flight simulator
Montreal, Canada, October 20, 2015 (NYSE: CAE; TSX: CAE) - CAE, a world leader in aviation training, and Líder Aviação, the largest helicopter operator in Brazil, today announced the expansion of the joint venture training program between CAE and Líder with the purchase of a CAE 3000 Series full-flight simulator (FFS) replicating the AW139 aircraft. The new AW139 FFS will be jointly developed by CAE and AgustaWestland and will be qualified to Level D, the highest qualification for flight simulators by both the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Agência Nacional de Aviação Civil (ANAC) of Brazil. This latest AW139 device will further benefit from the long association formed between CAE and AgustaWestland, making training for AgustaWestland aircraft available to operators around the world. This experience includes the Rotorsim joint venture between AgustaWestland and CAE, delivering simulator services for AgustaWestland helicopters successfully since 2003. The sale of the simulator by CAE to the joint venture was included in CAE's sales press release which was issued on October 15, 2015.
The AW139 full-flight simulator will support initial and recurrent training for AW139 pilots in Brazil and throughout Latin America as well as enabling mission specific training for offshore oil and gas, search and rescue (SAR), VIP, and other operating profiles.
"This deployment will provide convenient, high quality training for the large number of AW139 operators in Latin America," said Nick Leontidis, CAE's Group President, Civil Aviation Training Solutions. "We are proud to grow our joint venture with Lider to reach our shared vision of safety in this vibrant market."
"The addition of this program is another step in our continued investment in safety'" said Eduardo Vaz, Líder Aviação CEO. "Both our pilots and professionals from other companies will have a third local platform available for an immersive, mission-specific training experience."
The full-flight simulator will be based Sao Paulo and training operations will begin in the second half of 2016.
About Líder Aviação
Líder Aviação is an aviation company involved in helicopter operations, executive chartering, aircraft management, maintenance, aircraft sales as the exclusive Beechcraft and Bombardier dealer for Brazil, and ground handling services. It offers helicopter services for the oil and gas industry, as well as performing onshore operations and load transportation; as well as fuel pipe and transmission line checking services. The company provides jet and turboprop airplanes and helicopters for business chartering or air ambulance. It also offers aircraft maintenance services for private companies, government bodies, and civil and military agencies. In addition, the company provides aeronautical insurance products, business aviation training, and maintenance services. Lider Aviação was founded in 1958 and is present all over the country.www.lideraviacao.com.br
CAE is a global leader in the delivery of training for the civil aviation, defence and security, and healthcare markets. We design and integrate the industry's most comprehensive training solutions, anchored by the knowledge and expertise of our 8,000 employees, our world-leading simulation technologies and a track record of service and technology innovation spanning seven decades. Our global presence is the broadest in the industry, with 160 sites and training locations in 35 countries, including our joint venture operations, and the world's largest installed base of flight simulators. Each year, we train more than 120,000 civil and defence crewmembers, as well as thousands of healthcare professionals. www.cae.com
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