The CAE Dothan Training Center officially opened in March 2017. The state-of-the-art Dothan Training Center is a 79,000 square-foot facility designed to provide comprehensive fixed-wing flight training to the U.S. Army, U.S. Air Force and other customers. Located at the Dothan Regional Airport in Dothan, Alabama, CAE and its team of industry partners deliver academic (classroom) and simulator training at CAE's Dothan Training Center, and deliver live flying training at the adjacent Dothan Regional Airport.
The Medium Support Helicopter Aircrew Training Facility (MSHATF) was developed by CAE in consultation with the U.K. Ministry of Defence (MoD). Responsible for the design, construction and financing of the facility that opened in 1999, CAE operates the MSHATF under a 40-year private finance initiative (PFI) contract. The MSHATF delivers the total spectrum of synthetic aircrew training required by the Royal Air Force (RAF) Support Helicopter Force for the CH-47 Chinook, AW101 Merlin, and Puma platforms. In addition, Royal Navy aircrews train at the MSHATF. Under the terms of its PFI contract, CAE also has the ability to provide turnkey training to third-party users. This enables approved military and civil operators around the world to take advantage of the advanced simulation-based training and mission rehearsal capability at the MSHATF on a highly cost-effective basis.
Since October 2015, CAE has been the prime contractor responsible for the NATO Flying Training in Canada (NFTC) program that produces qualified military pilots for defence customers. The NFTC program significantly enhances CAE's core capabilities as a global training systems integrator (TSI), and expands its offering into support for live flying training of future military pilots, including next-generation fighter pilots, for the Royal Canadian Air Force and its allies. The NFTC program located at 15 Wing Moose Jaw and 4 Wing Cold Lake is owned by the government of Canada and operated in cooperation with CAE. The program combines basic, advanced, and lead-in fighter training as part of the comprehensive pilot training program. CAE operates the NFTC base facilities, delivers the ground-school classroom, computer-based and simulator training, and provides support services for the live flying training that comprises this world-class, turnkey training program. CAE has an experienced and dedicated workforce that delivers training services and in-service support as part of the NFTC program. CAE's expertise and competencies include: Courseware development Ground-based academic training Site management Simulator training Live flying training Flight operations support Program management The NFTC program has been in operation since 2000 and includes more than 200 CAE employees supporting the program, which utilizes more than 700,000 square kilometres of air space at 15 Wing Moose Jaw and 4 Wing Cold Lake. In addition to classroom, computer-based, and simulator training, the NFTC program delivers live flying training on a fleet of Beechcraft T-6 (CT-156 Harvard) trainer aircraft and BAE Systems Hawk (CT-155 Hawk) lead-in fighter trainer aircraft. CAE is also responsible for full maintenance and operation of the aircraft under the governance of Canada's Department of National Defence airworthiness program. In addition to the Royal Canadian Air Force, other NATO partners and allies have sent students and instructor pilots through the NFTC program, including Denmark, the United Kingdom, Singapore, Italy and Hungary.
CAE owns and operates a comprehensive training center in Tampa, Florida for operators of the Lockheed Martin C-130 Hercules aircraft (also called the C-130/L-382 as a commercial variant). CAE's C-130 Tampa Training Center offers bilingual (English/Spanish) aircrew and maintenance courses in 16 multimedia classrooms, which includes two purpose-built maintenance training classrooms.
The CAE Brunei Multi-Purpose Training Centre situated in Brunei Darussalam is a joint venture between CAE and the Government of Brunei. The centre has been operational since 2014 and is now recognized as a world-class training facility, staffed and operated by Bruneians. It is one of the region's largest helicopter simulator training facilities offering turnkey training solutions for the Sikorsky S-92 and S-70i Black Hawk helicopters. The MPTC also offers training for the fixed-wing Pilatus PC-7 training aircraft. The CAE Brunei MPTC has also established an Emergency Management and Crisis Management Centre of Excellence that provides relevant local authorities such as Brunei’s Ministry of Home Affairs and National Disaster Management Centre (NDMC) with comprehensive training designed to better plan and prepare for emergencies.
Rotorsim was established in 2003 as a joint venture between Leonardo Helicopters (formerly AgustaWestland) and CAE to provide synthetic training solutions for AW109 Power and AW139 helicopter operators. Since then, Rotorsim has expanded to include AW109 LUH (Light Utility Helicopter), AW109N (Nexus), AW189, AW169 and NH90 training. The Rotorsim training centre in Sesto Calende, Italy is located within the A. Marchetti Training Academy. At the core of the facility there are full-mission and full-flight simulators, certified by the world civil aviation regulatory authorities such as the FAA in the USA and EASA in Europe at the highest current international FFS standard (Level D) (one hour of simulator training equals one hour helicopter flight). Some of Rotorsim’s simulators feature CAE’s roll-on/roll-off (RO/RO) concept. This allows different cockpit modules to be hosted in the same mothership depending on the training needs. Rotorsim also offers training in the USA on a CAE-built AW139 full-flight simulator located at CAE’s North East Training Centre near New York City. CAE New York City Training Centre (Morristown) Located in Morristown, New Jersey, the North East Training Centre opened its doors in January 2007 and offers pilot, technical and flight crew training to business aircraft operators. It is the first centre to deliver entitlement training for the new Dassault Falcon 7X program. To meet increased demand, the center recently expanded from the original six simulator bays to fifteen. As many as 3,500 pilots a year are expected to be trained here. The Morris County area is home to a large number of quality hotels, outstanding restaurants and other attractions. Morristown Airport is also a centre for corporate aircraft. The facility is an illustration of CAE’s commitment to provide high quality, customized training in locations most convenient to our customers.
Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) and CAE established a joint venture company in India called the Helicopter Academy to Train by Simulation of Flying (HATSOFF). In 2010, HATSOFF began operations at a new helicopter training centre in Bengaluru, India. The HATSOFF training centre includes a CAE-built full-mission helicopter simulator that features CAE's revolutionary roll-on/roll-off (RO/RO) cockpit design, which enables cockpits representing various helicopter types to be used in the simulator. The first training program offered at HATSOFF was for operators of the Bell 412 helicopter. This was followed in early 2011 by the civil/conventional variant of the HAL-built Dhruv helicopter. In 2012, training was added for the Airbus Helicopters Dauphin. The Bell 412, the Airbus Helicopters Dauphin and civil/conventional variant of the Dhruv have all been certified to Level D, the highest qualification for flight simulators, by India's Directorate General Civil Aviation (DGCA).
The CAE Sale Military Training Centre, located in Sale, Victoria, opened in February 2014. The training centre facility was constructed by CAE following a contract award from Australia’s Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group to deliver King Air 350 Pro Line II simulator services. CAE is providing training through a company-owned/company-operated (COCO) simulator services contract and is responsible for all operational aspects, facility maintenance and support through to 2018. For more information on pricing and/or booking B350 third-party training please email [email protected]
In late 2004, Germany's government signed a private finance initiative (PFI) contract with an industry consortium to provide comprehensive NH90 helicopter training services. The industry consortium includes CAE, Thales, Airbus Helicopters, and Rheinmetall Defence Electronics, who each own 25 percent of an operating company called Helicopter Flight Training Services (HFTS) GmbH. HFTS is delivering NH90 training services to the German Armed Forces through 2022 as well as to other customers on a contract basis. Training is offered through three training centres located in Bueckeburg, Fassberg and Holzdorf where a total of four NH90 full-mission simulators are housed.