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CAE 3000 simulator qualified by FAA

September 3, 2010  By Carey Fredericks

Sept. 3, 2010, Montreal - CAE announced Thursday that the first CAE 3000 Series helicopter mission simulator, a Eurocopter AS350 B2 model located in Phoenix, Arizona, has been qualified by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for Level 7 flight training device credits.

"This new CAE simulation capability offers the most immersive, mission-focused experience ever for the civil helicopter market in an environment that is safer and more efficient than training in the aircraft," said Jeff Roberts, CAE's Group President, Civil Simulation Products, Training and Services. "We have deployed this first CAE 3000 Series simulator in the western United States so the large number of AS350 operators in the region can train their pilots conveniently close to their base of operations."

The Phoenix location near the Sky Harbor International Airport is the fifth site worldwide where CAE training is available for civil helicopter operators. Other locations include:

—  Bangalore, India — a new CAE-built Bell 412 Level D full-flight
    simulator (FFS) was recently qualified by regulatory authorities;
—  Dubai, UAE — Bell 412 Level D FFS, Emirates CAE Flight Training centre;
—  Sesto Calende, Italy — A109 and AW139, both Level D FFSs, Rotorsim
    joint venture with AgustaWestland;
—  Morristown, New Jersey — Rotorsim AW139 plus a Sikorsky S76, both Level
    D FFSs.
CAE has also announced plans to deploy a Bell 412 Level D FFS in Mexico.



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