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strategic relationships, partnerships and joint ventures
with more than a dozen major airlines, aircraft
operators and OEMs around the world.
CAE Global Academy is the world’s largest network
of ab-initio FTOs, with a capacity for training up to
1,800 pilot cadets annually.
As a leader in flight-simulation equipment, CAE has
designed and manufactured more civil FFSs for major
and regional commercial airlines, third-party training
centres and aircraft manufacturers than any other
company. “ We have developed a wealth of experience
in developing first-to -market simulators for over 35
new types of aircraft models,” the company says.
More recently, CAE has developed or been awarded
contracts to de velop simulators for the Airbus A350
XWB, Boeing 747-8 and 787, Mitsubishi’s MRJ,
ATR42-600 and ATR72-600, Bombardier CSeries,
Global Express and Learjet 85, Embraer Phenom
100 and 300, Dassault Falcon 7X, and the Chinese-
developed Comac ARJ21. The company also offers
a f ull range of support ser vices including simulator
updates, maintenance ser vices, sales of spare parts and
simulator relo cations.
The aerospace industr y generally expects long-
term growth for air travel to average about 5 percent
a year over the next t wo decades. Growth rates in the
emerging markets such as China and India have been
outpacing this global averag e rate, which CAE says
“is of particular interest ... given our position in these
regions”. US leg acy airlines are re- equipping with
modern, efficient aircraft, and this robust growth
in travel demand and re-fleeting have led to large
c ommercial-aircraft backlogs, and the announcement
of their new aircraft programmes.
In business aviation, aircraft orders and utilisation
are not only driven by GDP – like the rest of the
industry – but also by corporate profitability. US -
operated aircraft utilization has to improve by
approximately 15-20 percent in order to recover the
ground lost during the last recession, CAE says.
Globally, there continues to be steady demand for
large-cabin business jets and to a lesser extent mid-
sized jets, which are recovering more slowly, the
company says . In the small-cabin segment, demand
has remained stable at lower levels.
CAE says it expects to maintain its position as
market leader in business aviation and to sell a few
more than 30 FFSs in fiscal 2012.
CAE says emerging markets such as South-East
Asia, the Indian sub -continent, the Middle East,
South America and China are expected to continue
experiencing higher air traffic and economic growth
over the long term more than mature markets, as
well a s an increasing liberalisation of air policy and
bilateral air agreements. “ We expect these markets to
drive the long-term demand for the broad array of
products and ser vices solutions that CAE brings to
bear,” the simulator maker says.
CAE adds it has been active in these high-growth
regions for several de cades and is positioned a s the
market leader with well established operations,
strategic partnerships and joint ventures in each of
In 2010, Boeing and Airbus received 1,104 net
orders for new aircraft, with a f urther 811 received
in the first half of this year. The manufacturers are
now working through a backlog of over 7,000 aircraft,
which CAE says should help generate opportunities
for its full portfolio of training products and ser vices.
Last year, the t wo biggest jetliner manuf acturers
delivered 972 aircraft, little changed from the
previous year. This year, in the six-months to 30 June,
commercial aircraft deliveries totalled 480.
Airbus and Boeing have announced a succession of
significant production increases of key models such
as Airbus’s A320-family and A330, and Boeing’s
737NG and 777. “ These increases should ultimately
translate into higher demand for training products
and ser vices,” CAE says.
The business- aviation sector “remains cautiously
optimistic that market recovery will continue to
improve,” the simulator maker says. “ While some
market uncertainty persists, OEMs [original
equipment manufacturers] have shown renewed
confidence with the launch of a significant number
of new aircraft programmes. The gradual recovery
in business aviation is being driven by large-cabin
segment demand, especially in international and
The number of business jet flights has risen in
the past 12 months, with the majority of growth
seen in overseas travel according to the US Federal
Aviation Administration (FAA). The fractional-
operator segment has experienced higher aircraft
utilisation rates and has also be en actively ordering
new aircraft, CAE says.
“Growth in the civil aviation market has driven
demand for pilots, maintenance technicians and cabin
crew worldwide, resulting in a shortage of qualified
professionals in several markets,” the company
says. “Pilot-supply constraints include aging cre w
demographics, fewer military pilots transferring to
civil airlines and low enrolment in technical schools.”
Long-term traffic growth in markets like India,
China , South America and South-East Asia is
expected to outpace the global growth rate, but the
infrastructure to meet the projected demand for crew
members is lacking in those regions, the company says.
“Simulation-based pilot certification training
is beginning to take on an e ven greater role with
the Multi-cre w Pilot License (MPL) certification
process developed by the International Civil Aviation
Organization (ICAO), which has been adopted
by several individual national aviation authorities
around the world,” CAE says.
The MPL process places more emphasis on
simulation-ba sed training to de velop ab -initio
students into First Officers for modern aircraft –
although it has not been universally welcomed (see
feature, pag e 28).
“In the fourth quarter of fiscal 2010, we launched
an MPL programme with AirAsia satisfying new
performance-ba sed requirements developed by
Transport Canada. To date, the programme has met
or exceeded all expectations and the initial group
of cadets has completed the programme and started
revenue flights,” it says.
“If the MPL process continues to be adopted
and gains momentum in emerging markets like
China, India, Southeast Asia and the Middle East
where there is the greatest need for a large supply
of qualified pilots trained in an efficient and
effe ctive manner, it would result in increased use of
simulation-based training ,” CAE says.
“ Simulation-based pilot certification training is beginning to
take on an even greater role with the Multi-crew Pilot License
(MPL) certification process.” - CAE
CAE has developed or been awarded contracts
to develop simulators for a number of new
aircraft types, including the Boeing 787.
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