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Monday, December 3, 2007

Embraer and CAE Formalize Joint Venture for Pilot Training

Embraer and CAE signed a joint venture agreement to provide comprehensive pilot and ground crew training to Embraer customers of the Phenom 100 very light and Phenom 300 light jets. The new company has been named Embraer CAE Training Services, LLC (ECTS).
Under the terms of agreement, the joint venture provides initial and recurrent training for pilots and maintenance technicians. The initial training program for the Embraer Phenom family is on schedule to begin at CAE SimuFlite in Dallas, Texas, in the third quarter of calendar 2008, and at CAE’s Burgess Hill training center in the U.K. in the first quarter of calendar 2009.
“CAE’s training expertise, combined with Embraer’s product knowledge, will provide our Phenom customers the best training solution in the market,” said Simon Newitt, Embraer’s director, customer training. “We believe that the Phenom training program will set the bar for training within the very light and light jet markets.”
CAE and Embraer are working together to provide a team of highly-qualified instructors and to ensure that the courseware meets the program needs. To support the Phenom program, CAE has agreed to manufacture two Phenom full-flight simulators for deployment at CAE SimuFlite in Dallas, Tex. and CAE’s Burgess Hill training center in the U.K. In addition, CAE will also combine CAE Simfinity™ technology and devices into the Phenom training program.
CAE has been providing integrated training solutions for Embraer aircraft for close to 10 years, said Jeff Roberts, CAE’s Group president, innovation and civil training & services.
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