In what Bombardier has called a “world’s first,” a C Series full-flight simulator has been upgraded to the highest level of qualification by several aviation authorities. Announced at the Paris Air Show, Transport Canada, the FAA, EASA, and the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport of the Republic of Korea have upgraded the CAE-built simulator to Level D qualification.
“This Level D qualification represents another milestone reached in the C Series aircraft program and allows pilots to complete all their training in the simulator before they fly the real aircraft,” said Todd Young, VP and general manager of customer services and Q400 Aircraft Program for Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. “With this qualification, our simulator reproduces to the highest level of fidelity, the characteristics of the C Series aircraft, as certified by the civil aviation authorities.”
Bombardier Commercial Aircraft's affiliate, the C Series Aircraft Limited Partnership, manufactures the C Series aircraft. According to Bombardier, a total of five CAE C Series simulators are in operation, or on order, worldwide.
“We are proud to highlight another key milestone with the achievement of the highest-level qualification for the first C Series full-flight simulator in the world,” said Nick Leontidis, CAE’s group president for civil aviation training solutions. “This highlights years of collaboration with our longstanding partner Bombardier in the development of the simulator. We are honored to contribute to ensuring Bombardier customers receive the highest fidelity training for its C Series aircraft.”