CAE announced today that it has reached a major milestone with the qualification of the world’s first A350 XWB suite of training equipment. A CAE-built A350 XWB full-flight simulator (FFS) and a flight training device (FTD) were qualified ahead of the A350’s entry into service by the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). The FFS achieved Interim Level C qualification as per FFA and EASA rules, the FTD achieved FAA Level 6 and EASA level 2 qualification.

Airbus is using the A350 XWB training suite, located at the Airbus Training Centre in Toulouse, France, to deliver all initial training to customers who will take delivery of the A350 XWB aircraft.

“We were honored that Airbus selected us once again as a partner in their aircraft program and we are proud to have developed and qualified the world’s first A350 XWB simulator ahead of the entry-into service of the aircraft,” said Nick Leontidis, CAE’s Group President, Civil Simulation and Training. “We have a long history of developing the first simulators for the majority of new commercial airliners, including the Airbus A380 and now the A350 XWB. Achieving the Level C qualification for the first A350 XWB simulator marks another important milestone for the A350 XWB program and we join Airbus customers in looking forward to its entry into service.”

CAE is a global leader in providing comprehensive training solutions based on world-leading simulation technology and integrated training services. The company employs 8,000 people at more than 160 sites and training locations in 35 countries. Our vision is to be our customers' Partner of Choice and we take a long-term approach to customer relationships. We offer our civil aviation and defence and security customers a complete range of highly innovative product, service and training centre solutions designed to help them meet their mission critical needs for safety, efficiency and readiness. We provide similar solutions to customers in healthcare and mining. CAE has the largest installed base of civil and military flight simulators, supported by a range of after-sales services, and has been serving the needs of its customers for nearly 70 years. We have the broadest training services network in the world and offer civil aviation, military and helicopter training services in 67 locations worldwide and train more than 120,000 civil and military crewmembers annually.

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