CAE has signed contracts for ten full flight simulators (FFSs), flight training devices and simulator update services. The contracts are worth approximately C$140 million. CAE has sold four A320 FFSs with options for another four, and four training devices to Lion Air Group, a Pan-Asian airline group that includes Indonesia's largest airline Lion Air. The four FTDs are CAE Simfinity™ Airbus Pilot Transition trainers. CAE not only provides training equipment to Lion Group, but highly skilled and experienced training personnel and support staff from CAE are also stationed at Lion Group's simulator training centre in Jakarta.
Four full flight simulators and some flight training devices have been sold to customers in Africa and China. They include a Boeing 787 FFS to Ethiopian Airlines, a Sikorsky S-92 helicopter simulator to the Zhuhai Flight Training Centre (ZFTC) in China, and two other FFSs to an undisclosed customer in Africa. The B787 simulator for Ethiopian Airlines is a CAE 7000 Series model. The airline has also ordered CAE Simfiniiy training devices as well as visual updates for three existing FFSs which will be upgraded with the latest CAE Tropos 6000XR technology.
The S-92 FFS is ZFTC's second helicopter simulator and the 26th CAE-built simulator to be deployed at the centre. It is a CAE 3000 Series model and it will serve the training needs of Chinese helicopter operators. ZFTC also ordered CAE Simfiniiy training devices for the S-92 helicopter.
CAE and Bombardier are continuing to expand their Authorized Training Provider (ATP) network with an additional Level D full flight simulator (FFS) for Bombardier Global 5000 and Global 6000 business jets equipped with the Bombardier Vision flight deck. This will be the second Global series simulator featuring the Bombardier Vision flight deck to be available in the CAE-Bombardier ATP network. The CAE 7000 Series Level D FFS is expected to enter into service in one of CAE's training centres within its global network at the end of 2014. CAE and Bombardier will determine the final location of the new training device, based on the fleet distribution of the aircraft and the existing network of training devices. Currently, Bombardier also offers training for Global 5000 and Global 6000 business jets through CAE-built simulators located at Bombardier's Training Centers in Dallas, Texas and Montreal, Quebec.
The company has also received Level D qualification on the world's first simulator for the Boeing 747-8 freighter aircraft. The B747-8 FFS, sold to Cargolux Airlines International, is already training pilots at the airline's training centre. The simulator received its EASA Level D qualification from the Direction de l'Aviation Civile (DAC), Luxembourg's national aviation authority. CAE has also received Level D qualifications from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for its first two B787 FFSs for undisclosed North American customers. The CAE B747-8F simulator is equipped with the advanced Tropos™ 6000 visual system that generates a highly detailed synthetic visual environment.