Tony Bermingham, Managing Director of EDM (front row, second from left) and Mick Bonney, Sales Director of EDM (back row, third from left) at the contract signing ceremony with KLM on 24 August 2017.
EDM has been selected by KLM Royal Dutch Airlines to manufacture Boeing 777 and 737 Cabin Emergency Evacuation Trainers (CEETs).
Once completed, the two CEETs will be shipped and installed at KLM’s new training facility due to be opened at Schiphol Airport in 2018.
EDM’s CEETs will enable KLM’s cabin crew to be comprehensively trained in all safety and emergency procedures (SEPs) for both aircraft types including fire and smoke training, door and exit operation, secure cockpit procedures and emergency equipment usage.
The 737 CEET will be static, while the 777 CEET will become the world’s first wide-body training simulator to be operated on a three-axis electric motion system provided by Bosch Rexroth, adding even further realism to the training experience.
Both CEETs will be fitted with SEPTRE, EDM’s audio-visual system, that delivers cabin crew training through the provision of pre-programmed emergency scenarios such as aborted take-off, engine fire, gear collapse, ditching and decompression. Forward-facing visuals in the cockpit windows synched to SEPTRE also increase training realism.
Each CEET will be fitted with a galley, passenger seats, cabin lighting, overhead storage compartments and cabin communications system to enable them to be used for passenger service and management training.
“KLM is building one of the airline industry’s finest training facilities at Schiphol,” said Tony Bermingham, Managing Director of EDM. “We’re very proud to be manufacturing KLM’s state-of-the-art cabin crew training simulators, which will help to maintain their position as one of the safest airlines in the world to fly with.”
Project Manager of Flight Operations at KLM, Richard van den Nouweland, commented, “We are very pleased with the efficient and professional co-operation between EDM and KLM. We’re confident that the B777 and B737 CEETs will meet our high demands and expectations.”