CAE announced at the 2018 Asia Pacific Airline Training Symposium (APATS) that it signed a new agreement with AirAsia to train more than 400 cadets in a competency-based Multi-Crew Pilot License (MPL) program to support the airline’s growth.

The selected cadets will begin training in the second half of 2018 at CAE Kuala Lumpur, CAE Melbourne and CAE Phoenix. Upon completion of an 18-month training program, the next generation of pilots will become AirAsia first officers.

The CAE AirAsia MPL program features a rigorous cadet selection process, integrated English language training, a blended training methodology with emphasis on crew resource management and threat/error management, and follows the highest industry pilot training standards and the airline’s standard operating procedures.

“Developing more than 400 future pilots that we will immerse in a professional training environment from day one is truly a testament to the success of the program we started together with our partner AirAsia eight years ago,” said Nick Leontidis, CAE Group President, Civil Aviation Training Solutions. “Today, we are proud to see graduates from this advanced program successfully flying as captains. This new agreement highlights our dedication to effectively train and prepare this next cadre of cadets as they begin their careers as professional pilots.”

In 2010, CAE introduced the MPL training program with AirAsia as a launch customer, complementing the offering in training paths and programs for cadets. The curriculum’s objective was to deliver a competency-based training program that provides airlines with pilots who are validated to safely and efficiently operate a modern multi-crew, multi-engine, turbine-powered commercial transport aircraft in all expected operational environments. Since 2010, more than 85 AirAsia cadets have trained through the MPL program. Since 2017, the first nine AirAsia-sponsored CAE MPL cadets have been flying as captains. CAE launched its newest pilot training innovation, the CAE Rise™ training system, with AirAsia as its launch customer in May 2018.