Training/Simulator News in Brief

CAE, Rega, Bombardier, ALSIM, All In Aviation, CPaT, Texel Air NZ


SeoulCAE full flight simulatorsCAE announces Vienna for business aviation training centre: CAE announced that it is expanding its global network to Central Europe with a new business aviation training centre in Vienna, Austria, scheduled to begin operations in the second half of 2024. In addition, CAE will deploy the first Bombardier Global 7500 full-flight simulator (FFS) in Europe, making pilot training on this popular aircraft type more accessible and convenient for operators in the region. CAE will initially operate six state-of the-art FFSs in Vienna, including the Global 7500, a Global 6000 Vision, and four yet-to-be-announced FFSs for business jets from leading manufacturers. The new 8,000-square-metre facility will have space for expansion with a capacity for up to nine FFSs and will be purpose-built to deliver the most advanced pilot training experience in Central Europe.  In addition to the Vienna training centre, CAE is expanding and optimising its business aviation network around the world. In November 2022, the company launched business aviation training at CAE Singapore on a newly installed Gulfstream G650 FFS. In April 2023, it inaugurated its first West Coast business aviation training centre in Las Vegas, Nevada. Looking ahead, CAE will continue to expand its network with new training centres in Lake Nona, Florida and Savannah, Georgia set to begin operations in the second half of 2023.

BombardierFirst Bombardier CL650 FFS in Europe: Swiss rescue flight operator Rega has purchased an AXIS full-flight simulator for their Bombardier Challenger 650 fleet. This is the first FFS for this aircraft type in Europe, the first AXIS FFS for a Bombardier type, and the first AXIS simulator with a Rockwell Collins visual system. Twice a year Rega’s 27 jet pilots must complete legally mandated simulator training of various flight manoeuvres and emergency procedures in order to be ready for any eventuality. Heretofore they were forced to travel to Montreal, Canada, as that was the location of the closest simulator for the three Bombardier Challenger 650 ambulance jets that Rega uses to bring patients from around the world back to Switzerland. Now Rega has purchased a Challenger 650 simulator from AXIS Flight Training Systems in Austria. The new simulator is slated to go into operation in September of this year. At that point Rega will save regular transatlantic travel costs, and its pilots will be available for repatriation flights sooner after completing their training sessions. This Level D full flight simulator will enable crews to practice realistic scenarios in a safe and controlled setting. It will be installed near Zurich Airport in Opfikon, where Lufthansa Aviation Training (LAT) will operate it on Rega’s behalf and offer unused capacity to other customers. The new AXIS Level D full flight simulator has a HUD and EVS. It features a Rockwell Collins ProLine Fusion 21 avionics system and Rockwell Collins EP8100 visual system, as well as an E2M motion system. This is the first time AXIS has installed a Rockwell Collins visual system in a training device. It is also the first AXIS FFS for a Bombardier aircraft. Finally, it is the first and so far only full flight simulator for the Bombardier CL650 anywhere in Europe.

alsimFirst FAA-certified ALSIM ALSR20 simulator in the US: ALSIM announced that All In Aviation has attained the Advanced Aviation Training Device (AATD) simulator qualification for their ALSIM ALSR20, making them the initial operator of an FAA-certified ALSIM ALSR20 simulator in the United States of America. The ALSIM ALSR20 has the latest Cirrus SR G6 specific interior cockpit and flight deck including a real Garmin GDU 1050A and GFC 700 Autopilot. It is further equipped with a Garmin GMA 350C – All digital Audio Panel and a Garmin GCU 479. It can also simulate the Cirrus Airframe Parachute System (CAPS). The ALSR20 is compliant with the latest aviation standards from EASA and the FAA (FTD Level 5) to Transport Canada and the CAAC. All In Aviation, the only Cirrus Aircraft training partner in southern Nevada, is a full-service aviation company offering flight training, factory transition training, pilot certifications, and aircraft rental, sales, management & storage. Dedicated to growing and developing more pilots, All In Aviation is a trusted partner for aviation training, from a student’s very first flight through some of the most advanced pilot certifications.

CPaT continues partnership with Texel Air with Texel Air NZ: CPaT Global, the world’s leading provider of distance learning for the airline and aviation industry, announced it has been awarded a new contract with Texel Air NZ, enabling them to now support both branches of Texel Air. CPaT will be providing the airline with Boeing B737-800BCF Aircraft System Courses, its library of General Subjects, and access to CPaT Invent content-design software. Established in 2022, with its head office located at Auckland International Airport, Texel Air NZ is an ACMI/Charter cargo airline flying B737-800BCF aircraft in Australasia. Texel Air NZ is a solutions focused airline operating the latest generation freighter aircraft on behalf of its customers, delivering the highest levels of reliability and schedule performance. Texel Air NZ’s sister airline Texel Air is located at Bahrain International Airport in the Middle East. Texel Air was established in 2013 flying an all B737 freighter fleet providing ACMI/Cargo Charter services across the Middle East and African regions. From its fully equipped hangar facility, Texel Air provides in-house MRO and full aircraft maintenance services.


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