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2010s - A training services company

In the early 2010s, CAE continued to grow its training network to secure its position as the worldwide leader in training in civil aviation, defence & security and healthcare. CAE also deployed its new vision, to be recognized global training partner of choice, a new milestone for the company.

In May 2012, CAE acquired Oxford Aviation Academy, one of the oldest and most esteemed brands in ab-initio training and aviation personnel sourcing. CAE’s global training network expanded to more than 65 training centres and flight academies. Today the company trains 120,000 civil and defence crewmembers and thousands of healthcare professionals every year. It offers cadet-to-captain training solutions to hundreds of airlines globally. Its strategic investments into training in the 2000s are paying-off. CAE’s training services represent 60% of its revenues, and the business is reaching revenues of over $2B for the first time in its history.

CAE developed the new CAE 7000XR Series full-flight simulator and modernized its processes to be even more competitive. Leveraging the latest advancements in technology and training capabilities, the CAE 7000XR Series is designed to optimize life-cycle costs for the customers and to address new and future training requirements. In 2015, CAE set a new industry record of 53 sales of FFSs. In the same period the company sold its mining division and acquired one of its competitors in the flight-simulator market, Lockheed Martin Commercial Flight Training (LMCFT). That expanded CAE’s customer installed base of commercial flight simulators by approximately 50 simulators and added training capacity in Korea and Brazil.

CAE’s thought leadership contributed to shaping the future of training. This includes representing its stakeholders in discussions on civil aviation regulations to ensure the industry’s strategic, safe and sustainable evolution. CAE was involved in numerous Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) regulatory committees and working groups, notably to find solutions to the Loss of Control In Flight (LOC-I), the primary cause of aircraft fatalities worldwide. CAE delivered the first simulators equipped with Upset Prevention and Recovery Training (UPRT) capable instructor stations in 2015.

In 2011, CAE Healthcare acquired Medical Education Technologies Inc. (METI), a Sarasota-based company renowned notably for its innovative patient simulators. This acquisition brought a direct sales force in the U.S., close customer relationships and a worldwide distributor network. Since then, CAE Healthcare became the global leader in technology that enhances training and lowers the risks inherent in delivering healthcare, and has the industry’s broadest portfolio of end-to-end solutions and proprietary technologies to improve patient safety in clinical settings. Today, CAE Healthcare is a training partner of choice for medical societies and industry, helping shape the future of healthcare training by leveraging CAE’s expertise in aviation.

In the meantime, CAE’s Defence and Security business unit had to combat a declining defence spending environment. Fortunately, CAE’s simulation-based training solutions were increasingly accepted by defence forces, and seen as a cost-effective response to maintaining and enhancing mission readiness in a cost-constrained budget environment. CAE D&S also made good progress on its training systems integration (TSI) strategy, delivering end-to-end live-virtual-constructive (LVC) training solutions to its customers. In October 2015, CAE became the prime contractor of the NATO Flying Training in Canada (NFTC) program, one of the world’s premier military pilot training programs and now provides classroom, simulator and live flying training support for the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) and allied military pilots. In June 2015, CAE reached another milestone by winning a contract to provide the U.S. Army with comprehensive training for fixed-wing pilots, which includes a new training centre in Alabama (USA) to provide academic and simulator training as well as live flying training on U.S. Army and CAE-owned aircraft. In mid-2016, CAE achieved a major success in its strategy to leverage its training systems integration expertise into the naval market when the United Arab Emirates selected the company to develop a comprehensive training centre for the UAE Navy.

The 2010s also marked the firsts CAE’s Corporate social responsibility report (CSR), which lies at the heart of its core business. Every day around the globe, CAE employees proudly and passionately deliver training solutions that shape the future of training and make the world a safer, better and cleaner place.

While Internet and big data is revolutionizing a lot of industries, CAE reached in 2016 the validation phase Next Generation Training System with launch customer AirAsia. Supported by innovative data collection and analysis techniques, this system promises to improve training quality and efficiency through the integration of untapped data-driven insights into training, allowing CAE to customize training for each and every pilot.

In 2017, CAE is celebrating its 70th anniversary. During all these years, CAE has sustained its leadership position by offering compelling solutions to customers operating in complex, mission-critical environments. Our success reflects our ability to evolve and adapt in a timely way to changing needs and to deliver on our promises of quality, reliability and performance. It is also a testament to the passion of our people, to our innovation and to the focus that has allowed us to become the best at what we do. We have built a brand that is trusted throughout the world.