The Hibernia Management and Development Company (HMDC), the Research & Development Corporation (RDC) and CAE have inaugurated a new helicopter training and research and development (R&D) centre in Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. Fully funded by HMDC and RDC, the centre features the first civilian Level D helicopter simulator with night vision in Canada and hosts five research projects.

The centre is operated by CAE and HMDC helicopter service provider, Cougar Helicopters, has started training its pilots at the centre.

CAE will develop local R&D expertise to support the needs of the Newfoundland and Labrador oil and gas industry through this partnership with the Research & Development Corporation, according to Nick Leontidis, CAE Group President, Civil Aviation Training Solutions.

This training and R&D centre “builds local expertise and supports local research that is specifically designed for our regional environment and our offshore needs," says Len Coughlan of HMDC. "Having this facility in the region increases the level of research related to helicopter operations, which will contribute to improved operations and flight safety."

The centre is located in a new building in Mount Pearl, Newfoundland and Labrador, and is already fully operational. 29