Montreal-based CAE said Thursday it will deploy a new CAE 5000 Series full-flight simulator (FFS) in the Melbourne, Australia, area in the first half of 2012 for training pilots and maintenance technicians for the Hawker Beechcraft King Air 350i aircraft with Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 avionics.
"CAE continues to expand our capabilities globally in order to provide customers with the most advanced training options available in close proximity to where they operate," said Jeff Roberts, CAE's Group President, Civil Simulation Products, Training and Services. "The Australia, New Zealand and Southeast Asia region is among the fastest growing in aviation, and we look forward to building on the established CAE presence in Australia to serve this market with business aviation training solutions such as the King Air 350i."
The FFS will incorporate the Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 integrated avionics suite. It will be qualified to Level D, the highest qualification for flight simulators, by the Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA). Training credits are also expected for operators of King Air 200s. Training will be provided at a location in the Melbourne area to be determined in consultation with customers in the region.
In addition to business aircraft operators, the new King Air 350i FFS is expected to be used for training military pilots in the region.