CAE (NYSE: CAE; TSX: CAE) announced today that the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the Directorate General for Civil Aviation (DGAC) in France, and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) have qualified the world’s first A350 XWB full-flight simulator (FFS) to Level D, the highest qualification for flight simulators. In addition, the A350 flight training device (FTD) has received two other key qualifications for pilot Common Type Ratings: Level 6 qualification by the FAA and Level 2 by the DGAC/EASA.

The A350 XWB FFS and FTD are located at the Airbus Training Centre in Toulouse, France, with the rest of the training suite, which includes the Airbus Pilot Transition (APT+) and a flight management system trainer (FMST).

“Achieving Level D qualification for the first A350 XWB simulator marks an important milestone, which highlights five years of collaborative efforts with Airbus in the development of the full-flight simulator,” said Nick Leontidis, CAE’s Group President, Civil Aviation Training Solutions. “Once again, we are proud that Airbus has selected us as its training partner of choice for the A350 XWB program. By qualifying the A350 XWB simulator, we ensure Airbus customers receive the highest fidelity training for its A350 aircraft.”

CAE is a global leader in the delivery of training for the 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 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 crewmembers, as well as thousands of healthcare professionals.

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