By Staff Writer | January 1, 2011
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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.

Military and Civil Highlights

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 operational flight trainers (OFTs), which are full-mission simulators used to train pilots and co-pilots. CAE is also providing weapons tactics trainers (WTTs) to replicate the back-end of the helicopter for training sensor operators. When integrated, the front- and back-end trainers become a tactical operational flight trainer (TOFT) to provide a comprehensive solution to train flight and tactical skills together. CAE has delivered or is under contract to develop seven MH-60S OFTs, five MH-60S WTTs, four MH-60R TOFTs and two MH-60R avionics maintenance trainers. U.S. Army Special Operations Command 160th SOAR(A) – A/MH-6, MH-47, MH-60.

CAE has designed a range of training and mission rehearsal systems for the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, the “Night Stalkers.” CAE delivered the world’s first A/MH-6 “Little Bird” combat mission simulator, featuring the largest dome display ever on a motion-based flight simulator. CAE delivered an MH-47G Chinook simulator as well as an MH-60 Black Hawk combat mission simulator for the Regiment. CAE has also upgraded existing MH-47 and MH-60 simulators with CAE visual systems, and delivered CAE Simfinity™ desktop trainers to help familiarize pilots with the Common Avionics Architecture System (CAAS) cockpits in the new MH-47G and MH-60 helicopters.

The NH90 is the largest helicopter program ever launched in Europe with orders from 14 countries. In Germany, CAE is part of a consortium with Eurocopter, Thales, and Rheinmetall Defence Electronics that is providing NH90 helicopter training to the German Armed Forces and other nations at three training centers under a private finance initiative program. In Australia, CAE is the prime contractor responsible for providing two MRH90 full-flight and mission simulators (FFMSs), training facilities, plus comprehensive engineering and support services to the Australian Defence Forces. For the Netherlands, the Rotorsim consortium—owned equally by CAE and AgustaWestland—has prime contractor responsibility for providing a NH90 full-mission flight trainer (FMFT) and an NH90 virtual sensor trainer for training rear crew sensor operators.

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 first training program HATSOFF is offering is for operators of the Bell 412 helicopter. Additional cockpits for the Indian Army/Air Force variant of the HAL-built Dhruv, the civil variant of the Dhruv, and the Eurocopter Dauphin will be added.

CAE 3000 Series helicopter 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.

FAA has qualified the first CAE 3000 Series helicopter mission simulator, a Eurocopter AS350 located in Phoenix, Ariz., 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 centre for both initial and recurrent training. A full-motion Level D version of the CAE 3000 Series is in development.

CAE: Uniquely Qualified

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. â– 

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