Poland’s 8th Air Base Krakow-Balice is welcoming a new CAE simulator for the C295 military transport.

The Polish Air Force has a fleet of 16 Airbus C295 aircrafts, which are utilized for a variety of transport operations. To develop the full-flight simulator, CAE worked with Airbus Defence and Space.

"This C295 simulator joins a CAE-built SW-4 helicopter simulator that recently entered service with both representing the commitment the Polish Air Force is placing on simulation-based training as a safe and cost-effective means of preparing aircrews for operational flying missions,” said Marc-Olivier Sabourin, CAE vice president and general manager, Europe/Africa.

Part of the 7000 series of simulators, it offers six degree-of-freedom (DOF) electric motion system, the CAE Medallion-6000 visual system, and high-fidelity, computer-generated forces tactical environment.

It uses the international standard for creating synthetic environment databases, Open Geospatial Consortium Common Database (OGC CBD), as part of its architecture. The same software is used on the SW-4 helicopter simulator and M-346 training system, allowing for interoperability between systems used by the Polish Air Force.

CAE has also provided database management, debriefing and tactical scenario development stations, and will provide on-site maintenance and support services over the next two years on the C295 FFS.

Airbus has been working with CAE on multiple C295 simulator contracts, including an aircrew and maintenance training solution for the Royal Canadian Air Force, as part of Canada's Fixed-Wing Search and Rescue (FWSAR) program.