Emirates-CAE Flight Training (ECFT) and the Middle East Business Aviation Association (MEBAA) today announced at the European Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (EBACE) a new service package entitled MEBAA-Total Training Service to be offered exclusively to MEBAA members. Upon signing the Total Training Service contract for a period of three years, all MEBAA members and their pilots will be eligible for:

  • Free e-learning courses each year (21 courses available to date),
  • Free updates on training manuals released at ECFT upon request,
  • Free Safety and Emergency Procedure Training (SEP),
  • Free remedial session (up to 2 sessions per pilot per year)
  • Free use a of simulator under supervision of a CAE instructor for interview (eight hours per year per company) 

"Emirates-CAE Flight Training is very pleased to offer this exclusive package to MEBAA members as part of our commitment to high-quality training and superior customer service," said Walter Visser, Managing Director of Emirates-CAE Flight Training.

"MEBAA's mission is to serve the needs of our members in ways that enhance the safety and efficiency of business aviation in the region. Known for the quality of its training offering, ECFT is the perfect fit for this mutually-beneficial relationship," said Mr. Ali Al Naqbi, Founding Chairman of MEBAA. "We are pleased to offer this robust and advantageous training program to our members."

In addition to enhancing safety and efficiency, the program will specifically address the intricacies of flying and operating aviation business aircraft, helping the career development of qualified personnel and contributing to the retention of resources in the industry.

Emirates-CAE Flight Training is a founding member of MEBAA since 2006.

About Emirates-CAE Flight Training (ECFT)

ECFT is jointly operated by Emirates, one of the world's fastest-growing airlines and CAE, a global leader in modelling, simulation and training for civil aviation and defence. Housed in a bespoke training centre adjacent to the Emirates Aviation College in Garhoud, Dubai, it was the first training centre of its kind in the Middle East to be approved by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and UAE General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA).

Celebrating the 10-year milestone of their joint partnership in the region last year, ECFT has earned a reputation in the industry for training excellence and the centre is now one of the largest in the world. Continuous expansion has increased the facility's capacity to its current position of servicing over 200 aviation clients and training more than 10,000 pilots and technicians a year on a range of Airbus, Bell Helicopter, Boeing, Bombardier, Dassault, Gulfstream and Hawker Beechcraft aircraft types. Commercial airlines, business aircraft and helicopter operators also train their crews and maintenance staff at ECFT.


The MEBAA is the official representative of the business aviation industry in the Middle East and North Africa region and is a member of the International Business Aviation Council ("IBAC"). MEBAA is a non-profit association established in 2006 with the mission to provide a platform for members of the business aviation industry in the MENA region to gather, understand and communicate the needs and benefits of the industry.

As part of its current growth strategy, MEBAA seeks to implement operational safety and efficiency by providing best in-practice training, lectures and conferences, establishing codes of conduct, and providing industry data.  Today, MEBAA represents over 200 companies within the MENA region and provides a number of products and services to its members, including the MAIS (MEBAA Aviation Insurance Scheme) insurance scheme for operators. In addition to various networking events, MEBAA hosts the MEBA Show, which ranks as the third largest business aviation show in the world. For more information, please visit MEBAA's website on www.mebaa.com.

About CAE

CAE is a global leader in modelling, simulation and training for civil aviation and defence. The company employs approximately 8,000 people at more than 100 sites and training locations in approximately 30 countries. CAE offers civil aviation, military and helicopter training services in more than 45 locations worldwide and trains approximately 100,000 crew members yearly. In addition, the CAE Oxford Aviation Academy offers training to aspiring pilot cadets in 11 CAE-operated flight schools. CAE's business is diversified, ranging from the sale of simulation products to providing comprehensive services such as training and aviation services, integrated enterprise solutions, in-service support and crew sourcing. The company applies simulation expertise and operational experience to help customers enhance safety, improve efficiency, maintain readiness and solve challenging problems. CAE is leveraging its simulation capabilities in new markets such as healthcare and mining. www.cae.com.

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