Hibernia Project, RDC and CAE inaugurate the New Helicopter Training and R&D Centre in Newfoundland and Labrador
Mount Pearl, Canada, June 28, 2016- The Hibernia Management and Development
Company Ltd. (HMDC), the Research & Development Corporation
(RDC) and CAE today inaugurated a new helicopter training and
research and development (R&D) centre in Newfoundland and
Labrador. Fully funded by HMDC and RDC, the centre features
the first civilian Level D helicopter simulator with night vision
in Canada and hosts five research projects.
The centre is operated by CAE, a leading Canadian provider of
training and simulation technologies. The simulator provides
unprecedented realism for offshore facilities and local weather
conditions. HMDC helicopter service provider Cougar Helicopters has
started training its pilots at the centre.
"CAE is proud to offer the highest quality flight and mission
training to offshore and search and rescue crews in the province,
including Cougar Helicopters. We also look forward to the research
and development projects aimed at making helicopter training more
efficient and safe," said Nick Leontidis, CAE Group President,
Civil Aviation Training Solutions, at the inauguration event.
"Through this partnership with the Research & Development
Corporation, we will develop local R&D expertise to support the
needs of the Newfoundland and Labrador oil and gas industry."
"This training and R&D centre creates local jobs, builds
local expertise, and supports local research that is specifically
designed for our regional environment and our offshore needs," said
Len Coughlan of HMDC. "Having this facility in the region increases
the level of research related to helicopter operations, which will
contribute to improved operations and flight safety."
"This new world-class facility presents an exciting opportunity
for increased R&D and collaboration in Newfoundland and
Labrador," said the Honourable Christopher Mitchelmore, Minister of
Business, Tourism, Culture and Rural Development and Minister
Responsible for the Research & Development Corporation. "This
investment will focus on human factors research in areas such as
aircrew health monitoring and helmet fatigue which are critical
operational issues for industry."
"RDC is excited to partner with CAE to enhance R&D
capabilities in this industry," said Mark Ploughman, Acting Chief
Executive Officer of RDC. "CAE is a recognized global leader in
training and with the completion of this new facility, together we
are enabling research that will further enhance transportation
safety and efficiencies for aircrew and personnel working in
Newfoundland and Labrador's offshore industry."
"Cougar Helicopters has very high flight crew training standards
for our offshore oil & gas and SAR operations and our pilots
train multiple times annually to maintain that standard. This
simulator provides training for our low visibility and offshore
approaches and simulates turbulence and icing conditions accurately
to match the conditions in which we operate," said Hank Williams,
Chief Operating Officer of Cougar Helicopters. "A training centre
right here in the province provides more efficient scheduling of
training, less travelling and therefore less fatigue for our flight
The centre is located in a new building in Mount Pearl,
Newfoundland and Labrador, and is already fully operational.
About Hibernia Management and Development Company
Hibernia Management and Development Company Ltd. (HMDC) is the
operator of the Hibernia field which began petroleum production
offshore Newfoundland and Labrador in November 1997. HMDC is owned
jointly by ExxonMobil Canada (33.125%), Chevron Canada Resources
(26.875%), Suncor Energy (20%), Canada Hibernia Holding Corporation
(8.5%), Murphy Oil (6.5%) and Statoil Canada Ltd. (5%). Find out
more about HMDC at www.hibernia.ca.
RDC is a provincial Crown corporation responsible for improving
Newfoundland and Labrador's research and development performance.
RDC works with research and development stakeholders including
business, academia and government agencies and departments to make
strategic investments in highly qualified people, R&D
infrastructure and innovative research. Find out more about RDC at
www.rdc.org or on Twitter
CAE (NYSE: CAE; TSX: CAE) is a global leader in the delivery of
training for 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 more than 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 crew members, as well as thousands of
healthcare professionals. Follow us on Twitter @CAE_Inc
Photos of the inauguration event are available at http://www.cae.com/photos
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