CAE has an unparalleled breadth of experience in helicopter simulation, training and mission rehearsal. In fact, no other company has designed training systems for a greater variety of rotary wing platforms. CAE has simulated helicopters from virtually all the major manufacturers, including AgustaWestland, Bell Helicopter Textron, Boeing, Eurocopter, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), Kaman, MD Helicopters, NHIndustries, and Sikorsky. CAE is also the industry pioneer in designing and developing a comprehensive turnkey training service for helicopter training, as evidenced at CAE’s Medium Support Helicopter Aircrew Training Facility (MSHATF) in the UK.
CAE is responsible for the design and development of some of the most sophisticated and capable helicopter training systems in the world. For the U.S. Navy MH-60S “Sierra” and MH-60R “Romeo,” CAE is providing tactical operational flight trainers (TOFTs), which include both the operational flight trainer to train pilots and co-pilots as well as weapons tactics trainers (WTTs) to replicate the back-end of the helicopter for training sensor operators. When integrated, MH-60 TOFTs provide a comprehensive solution to train flight and tactical skills together.
Recently, CAE was awarded a contract from the U.S. Navy to develop two MH-60R TOFTs for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) under a foreign military sales (FMS) program. This is the first-ever procurement of the U.S. Navy's most advanced anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare helicopter outside the United States. The two MH-60R TOFTs for the RAN will be delivered in 2015 to HMAS Albatross, located near Nowra in New South Wales and home of the Royal Australian Navy's Fleet Air Arm.
CAE and HAL established a joint venture company in Bangalore, India called the Helicopter Academy to Train by Simulation of Flying (HATSOFF). The HATSOFF training center includes a CAE-built full-mission helicopter simulator that features CAE’s revolutionary roll-on/roll-off cockpit design, which enables cockpits representing various helicopter types to be used in the simulator. The HATSOFF training center currently offers training on three helicopter types – the Bell 412, the civil/conventional HAL Dhruv, and the Eurocopter AS365 N3 Dauphin. An additional cockpit for the Indian Army/Air Force variant of the HAL-built Dhruv will be added in 2014.
The CAE Brunei Multi-Purpose Training Centre (CAE Brunei MPTC) is a joint venture of CAE and the Government of Brunei established in 2012. Initially, the CAE Brunei MPTC, which is scheduled to open in 2014, will include the development of the region’s largest helicopter training center with training programs already under development for the Sikorsky S-92 and S-70i Black Hawk helicopters.
CAE and AgustaWestland have a joint venture company called Rotorsim that offers comprehensive AW109 and AW139 at several locations globally, and will add AW189 training at the Rotorsim training centre in Sesto Calende during 2013. CAE is also developing, in partnership with AgustaWestland, AW139 full-flight simulators for Professional Way in Malaysia as well as a joint venture of Abu Dhabi Aviation and Mubadala Aerospace in the Middle East.
CAE is significantly expanding its global presence in civil helicopter training. CAE and its partners offer training on 17 helicopter simulation in 11 locations, including Bengaluru, India (HATSOFF); Dubai (Emirates-CAE Flight Training); Sesto Calende, Italy (Rotorsim); Stavanger, Norway; Aberdeen, Scotland; Morristown, N.J. and Phoenix, Ariz.; Vancouver, Canada; Toluca, Mexico; Sao Paulo, Brazil; and Zhuhai, China.
These locations include simulators for the AgustaWestland AW109 and AW139, Bell 212/412. Eurocopter AS332L/L1 Super Puma, AS332L2 Super Puma, AS350B2 Astar, AS365 Dauphin, HAL Dhruv, and Sikorsky S61, S-76B, S-76C+ and S-76C++. In 2011, CAE acquired the helicopter flight training operations of CHC Helicopter, a global leader in helicopter services, and agreed to become CHC’s long-term training provider, responsible for training more than 2,000 helicopter pilots and maintenance engineers.
CAE also formed a joint venture with Lider Aviacao, the largest helicopter operator in Brazil. The new JV acquired the first full-motion Level D CAE 3000 Series full-flight simulator (FFS), replicating the S-76C++ installed at CAE’s training center in Sao Paulo.
CAE and JV partner China Southern Airlines also installed an S-76C++ FFS in Zhuhai, the first CAE 3000 Series civil helicopter flight and mission simulator in Asia.
In early 2012, CAE opened a new training center near Mexico City in Toluca, including a Bell 412 FFS. The CAE 3000 Series helicopter flight and mission simulators provide an immersive training experience for civil helicopter pilots. This new CAE simulation capability offers unprecedented realism for helicopter-specific mission training, including offshore, emergency medical services, law enforcement, high-altitude, corporate, and other operations.
The U.S. FAA qualified the first CAE 3000 Series helicopter simulator, a Eurocopter AS350 located in Phoenix, for Level 7 flight training device credits. FAA has also approved CAE to deliver the pilot training ground school for the AS350 helicopter through a CAE Simfinity e-Learning program, enabling pilots to reduce their time at the training center for both initial and recurrent training.
CAE is uniquely qualified to handle all helicopter simulation, training and mission rehearsal needs. From entry level training devices to the networking of advanced multi-mission helicopter simulators operating in an interactive threat environment, we’ve earned our reputation as the leader in helicopter simulation. CAE’s experience, technology leadership, and focus help ensure aircrews always stay one step ahead to achieve mission readiness.