The first class of six United States Army students to go through the new Initial Entry Fixed-Wing (IEFW) course at CAE's Dothan Training Center in Alabama have graduated and are now fixed-wing Army aviators.

The six students were part of the first class ever for the Initial Entry Fixed-Wing training track course created by CAE and the US Army. The new IEFW training program has been implemented so that entry-level Army students can begin their career track to fixed-wing aircraft much sooner. The course spans approximately four months and includes academic, simulator and aircraft training, including upset recovery training.

CAE is the prime contractor responsible for the Army Fixed-Wing Flight Training program that provides the training required to fly the Army's fleet of more than 350 fixed-wing aircraft. Training is delivered at the CAE Dothan Training Center, which officially opened in March 2017. Located at the Dothan Regional Airport, CAE and its team of industry partners provide academic (classroom), simulator and live flying training using Grob G120TP and C-12 aircraft.