Emirates-CAE Flight Training Centre opens

The Emirates-CAE Flight Training Centre in Dubai has been officially opened. The centre is the first training facility in the Middle East to be qualified to both JAA and FAA standards.

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By  Neil Denslow Published  December 7, 2003

The Emirates-CAE Flight Training Centre in Dubai has been officially opened. The centre is the first training facility in the Middle East to be qualified to both JAA and FAA standards. It is also the first outside North America to offer pilot and maintenance training for the Hawker 800/800XP, as well as Gulfstream IV and V full flight simulators. The centre will also add a second Boeing 737NG/BBJ simulator to meet customer demand.

The three-storey 80,000 square foot facility is located next to the current Emirates Training Centre in Garhoud. It is expected to employ more than 100 people by mid-2004. Emirates and CAE have invested some $US100 million in the project under a 10-year agreement.

“Emirates is pleased to be part of this jointly-operated centre which has been at the forefront of the development of aviation training in the Gulf,” says His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Maktoum, chairman of the Emirates Group.

“This facility heralds a new era in aviation in the Middle East as the first flight training centre with dually approved type-rating. Our colleagues in the aviation industry, both within the region and further afield in Europe, Asia and Africa now have convenient access to the world’s highest-possible training certifications,” he adds.

“When CAE signed this agreement with Emirates, it signified a strategic move for CAE to expand its training network worldwide,” notes Derek Burney CAE’s president & Chief Executive Officer. “Today’s ceremony speaks volumes about the success of this venture. Most important is that we are providing greater value to the region’s aircraft operators by offering the highest-quality, fully certified, training closer to their home base.”

The centre currently houses five full-flight simulators, and it can train up to 4000 pilots annually. Its current commercial and business-jet airline customers include Arabasco, Emirates, Jet Aviation, Kuwait Airways, Middle East Airlines, Oman Air, Qatar Airways and Royal Jet.

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