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Aéroports de Montréal announces its results for fiscal 2017

MONTRÉAL, March 19, 2018 /CNW Telbec/ – Aéroports de Montréal (ADM) today announced very positive results for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2017, with a record 18.2 million passengers welcomed at Montréal-Trudeau and a 10.9% increase in EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization) compared with 2016.

Highlights – Passengers

  • During the fiscal year, passenger traffic at Montréal-Trudeau increased by 9.5%.    This was 1.6 million more than the previous year.
  • International traffic increased by 13.5%, domestic traffic by 7.6%, and transborder traffic (United States) by 6.2% compared with the previous year.

Financial results at a glance

  • EBITDA was $281.9 million in 2017, an increase of $27.7 million over 2016.    Like many companies, ADM considers EBITDA to be the best indicator of its financial performance.
  • The Corporation’s capital investments totalled $229.4 million in 2017 compared with $254.8 million in 2016. Investments in the airports were financed by cash flows from operating activities, including airport improvement fees (AIF).
  • Consolidated revenues were $579.7 million in 2017, an increase of $52.5 million, or 10.0%, compared with the previous year.    This improvement is mainly attributable to increased passenger traffic and higher revenues from commercial activities.
  • Total operating expenses were $196.2 million in 2017, an increase of $19.4 million, or 11.0%, compared with 2016.    The difference is mainly attributable to an increase in operational costs namely those related to the planning of future projects, the commissioning of the expansion of the international jetty, enhancements to international arrivals services, winter conditions and security measures.

Air Canada, Air China to conclude partnership talks later this year


Air Canada is confident that joint-venture (JV) talks with Air China will be wrapped up this year, laying the groundwork for even closer cooperation  between the two airlines, a top executive for the Canadian flag carrier said.
“We have been negotiating with them for some time and hopefully we’ll conclude the agreement later this year,” Air Canada CFO Michael Rousseau said at the recent JP Morgan Global Aviation and Transportation Conference.
The two carriers in December announced the latest expansion of their multi-year collaboration, including codeshare agreements on 10 new flights—five operated by each carrier.   The changes, effective in April, boost the total number of codeshare flights in their partnership to about 30, including some of the 45 weekly flights the carriers operate between their countries.
Air Canada president and CEO Calin Rovinescu has credited the Air China cooperation’s evolution for helping drive low-double-digit annual passenger traffic growth between China and Canada in the last six years.  Rousseau said that Air Canada’s vision for the JV is to create a transpacific version of its A++alliance with Germany’s Lufthansa Group and United Airlines.
“Certainly, we believe the A++ alliance across the Atlantic between us and United and Lufthansa has been successful,” he said.    “We want to replicate that with Air China across to Asia.”
All of these carriers are part of Star Alliance, whose members are eyeing tighter ties as ways to extract greater benefits.  Lufthansa and Air China kicked off a JV in 2016, for instance, and Chicago-based United is seeking to expand ties with alliance partners.
“We are not as deeply integrated yet as the [SkyTeam and oneworld] alliances,” United president Scott Kirby said. “Getting more deeply integrated creates real benefits for our revenues, for our customers and, therefore, for our shareholders, and we are proceeding down that path.”
Kirby said United’s intra-alliance ties are strongest across the Atlantic, thanks to A++.  He also cited the carrier’s success in Latin America, where it has ties with Panama-based COPA Airlines  and is expected to be granted approval for a partnership with Avianca.
In general, however, United and its Star partners are “a little further behind on taking advantage” of strategic tie-ups, he said.   We don’t have as well-developed partnerships as the other [alliances], but that is an opportunity, and one that I am confident we’ll realize in the not-too-distant future.”



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CAE wins contract to provide Qatar Emiri Air Force with comprehensive NH90 training solution


Yesterday at the Doha International Maritime Defence Exhibition & Conference (DIMDEX), CAE was awarded a subcontract from Leonardo Helicopters to provide the Qatar Emiri Air Force (QEAF) with a comprehensive NH90 helicopter training solution.     The contract is valued at more than C$150 million.
The QEAF signed a contract with Leonardo Helicopters to acquire a fleet of both NH90 tactical transport helicopters (TTH) and NH90 NATO frigate helicopters (NFH).     CAE was selected by the QEAF to provide the comprehensive NH90 training solution, including training centre facility, suite of simulators and training devices, and training support services.
“We are honoured to serve as the training systems integrator to lead the overall design and development of a comprehensive training solution for Qatar Emiri Air Force NH90 helicopters,” said Ian Bell, CAE’s Vice President and General Manager, Middle East/Asia-Pacific.     “We will leverage our unmatched helicopter training and simulation experience to deliver a world-class training solution that cost-effectively prepares Qatar’s NH90 pilots, aircrews, and maintenance technicians for mission success.”
CAE will lead the design and building of a new training centre facility in Qatar. Housed in the training centre will be a suite of training devices, including:

  • CAE 3000 Series NH90 TTH full-mission simulator;
  • CAE 3000 Series NH90 NFH full-mission simulator;
  • NH90 NFH rear-crew trainer for training tactical coordinators (TACCO) and sensor operators, and capable of networking with the full-mission simulators to provide full-crew mission training;
  • CAE Simfinity NH90 integrated procedures trainers for the TTH and NFH configurations;
  • NH90 winch and door gunner trainer;
  • NH90 virtual maintenance training system (VMT) classroom.

Following delivery of the training centre facility and NH90 training devices in 2021, CAE will commence providing training support services, including classroom and simulator instructors.     CAE will also design and develop a Tactical Control Centre to be used for managing networked mission training exercises.
The CAE 3000 Series NH90 full-mission simulators, which will be certified to Level D, the highest qualification for flight simulators, will feature a range of CAE’s core simulation technologies.    These technologies include: six degree-of-freedom (DOF) electric motion system and high-performance vibration platform to replicate vibration cues critical to helicopter pilots; a high-fidelity CAE Medallion-6000XR visual system; and a direct projection 220-degree by 88-degree extreme field-of-view dome display.     The NH90 simulators will also feature the Open Geospatial Consortium Common Database (OGC CDB) architecture, an international standard for the creation of synthetic environment databases.    This common database software and standardization will enhance synthetic environment database re-use and interoperability across the Qatar Armed Forces.

Air Canada to swap out rouge Boeing 767s with 737-8s

Air Canada’s recently announced plans to increase frequencies on several North American leisure routes next winter includes swapping rouge-branded Boeing 767-300s to mainline flying with 737-8s.   The service changes affect a total of seven routes linking Western Canada—five out of Vancouver (YVR) and two out of Calgary (YYC)—with Hawaii and Mexico.   Current daily flights in the YVR-Honolulu and YVR-Maui markets will be upgraded to double-dailies. Weekly frequencies between YVR and Ixtapa, Mexico, will be upgraded to 3X-weekly.    Twice-weekly frequencies in the YVR-Kona and YVR-Cancun markets will be increased to 4X-weekly.
The carrier’s YYC-Maui route will see one additional weekly frequency, for a total of four.    Air Canada also plans to change from Rouge 767s to mainline 737-8s on its 3X-weekly YYC-Cancun route.   Rouge’s 767-300s are configured with 282 seats, while its 737-8s have 169 seats.
Air Canada’s winter 2018-19 schedule also includes new service between YVR and Kauai, Hawaii.    It will be flown with 737-8s.   The changes will be phased in from late October to mid-December.   Air Canada has 61 737-8s on firm order and plans to be flying 18 of them by year-end.

Air Canada To Launch New Service to Kauai, Double Frequency of Western Canada Flights to Hawaii With New Boeing 737 MAX Fleet (CNW Group/Air Canada)

Transat A.T. Inc. – Results for first quarter of 2018

Improved results and progress on strategic plan

  • Revenues of $725.8 million ($689.3 million for the first quarter of 2017).
  • Operating loss of $45.8 million ($50.7 million).
  • Adjusted operating loss1 of $31.0 million ($37.1 million).
  • Net loss attributable to shareholders of $6.6 million ($32.1 million).
  • Adjusted net loss3 of $33.9 million ($36.0 million).
  • Sale of the subsidiary Jonview Canada Inc. for $48.4 million on November 30, 2017.

MONTREALMarch 15, 2018 /CNW Telbec/ – Transat A.T. Inc., one of the largest integrated tourism companies in the world and Canada’s holiday travel leader, announces its results for the first quarter ended January 31, 2018.
“During this quarter, we continued the repositioning started last year by announcing the disposal of Jonview for $48.4 million and the appointment of Jordi Solé as President of our new hotels division.    The disposals made during the past 18 months generated $327 million in total for our hotel investments. We’re also continuing our work on revenue management and the fleet,” stated Jean-Marc Eustache, President and Chief Executive Officer of Transat.
“Our results improved by $9.1 million from last year, on a comparable basis, and if the trends continue, we expect to maintain these gains at the end of winter.”

First-quarter highlights
The Corporation posted revenues of $725.8 million, compared with $689.3 million in 2017, an increase of $36.5 million(5.3%).    This improvement was driven by growth in the number of travellers of 6.2% in the sun destination market, our main market for the period, and of 20.3% in the transatlantic market.    In addition, average selling prices rose slightly across all our markets.
Our operations resulted in an adjusted operating loss1 of $31.0 million, compared with $37.1 million in 2017. The $6.1 million improvement resulted primarily from an increase in the number of travellers combined with higher average selling prices and the favourable foreign exchange effect (net of the impact of higher fuel prices), which led to a $13.3 million decrease in operating expenses for the quarter.    However, this improvement in operating results was mitigated by $9.0 million in maintenance costs related to one-time events.
On a comparable basis, excluding the businesses sold recently (Ocean Hotels and Jonview), the adjusted operating loss1decreased by $9.1 million compared with the previous year.
Net loss attributable to shareholders was $6.6 million ($0.18 per share, basic and diluted) for the first quarter of 2018, compared with $32.1 million ($0.87 per share, basic and diluted) in 2017.    Before non-operating items, Transat reported an adjusted net loss3 of $33.9 million ($0.91 per share) for the first quarter of 2018, compared with $36.0 million ($0.98 per share) in 2017.




WestJet launches inaugural flights to Mexico City from Calgary and Vancouver


CALGARYMarch 14, 2018 /CNW/ – WestJet’s inaugural flight, WS2200 from Calgary International Airport (YYC) to Mexico City International Airport (Aeropuerto Internacional Benito Juárez, MEX) departed this morning, marking the airline’s newest flight to Mexico.    Flights between Vancouver International Airport (YVR) and Mexico City start March 15, solidifying WestJet’s position as the Canadian airline with the most flights to Mexico.
“WestJet is proud to be at the forefront of expanding on vital trade and tourism linkages between Mexico and Canada,” said Ed Sims, WestJet President and CEO.    “Non-stop, year-round flights from Calgary and Vancouver to Mexico Cityconnect the country to one of the most important major markets in the Americas and expand on growing opportunities for Canada/Mexico tourism.    We welcome our first MEX and YYC-bound guests today knowing these flights are a win for business and leisure travellers on both sides.”
Starting today, WestJet begins service with four weekly flights between Calgary and Mexico City.    Tomorrow, WestJet will launch three-time weekly service between Vancouver and Mexico City.    Effective April 29, both routes move to daily service.  W estJet’s investments are expanding economic linkages that benefit many sectors of the economy.
“WestJet’s non-stop service from Calgary to Mexico City is great news for Alberta and Mexico,” said Ricardo MirandaAlberta’s Minister of Culture and Tourism.   “The new service will support the growth of tourism, trade and investment, while strengthening the cultural ties and relationships between our two jurisdictions.    The service further establishes Alberta as a world-class tourism destination and an important business centre, by enabling visitors from Mexico to travel directly to Calgary and our province, and providing Albertans with a gateway into the central and south American markets.”
“Congratulations to WestJet on its inaugural flights to Mexico City,” said the Canadian Ambassador to Mexico, Mr. Pierre Alarie.    “Mexico is a key partner and ally for Canada and people-to-people ties are the foundation of our deep friendship.     In the first year following the elimination of the visa requirement for Mexican travellers, we witnessed an increase of 45 per cent in Mexican visitors to Canada.     We hope to see this positive trend continue.”
WestJet first landed in Mexico in 2007 and now serves 11 cities in Mexico from 15 Canadian cities, offering more non-stop routes than any other Canadian airline.    WestJet’s growth in Mexico makes up nearly 10 per cent of the airline’s available seat miles and at peak winter schedule, WestJet will operate up to 37 daily flights.

Details of WestJet’s Mexico City schedule:






Calgary – Mexico City

Four times

11:18 a.m.

4:20 p.m.

March 14, 2018

Mexico City – Calgary

Four times

4:00 p.m.

9:35 p.m.

March 15, 2018

Calgary – Mexico City


10:10 a.m.

4:20 p.m.

April 29, 2018

Mexico City –Calgary


5:20 p.m.

9:40 p.m.

April 29, 2018

Vancouver – Mexico City

Three times

8:50 a.m.

3 p.m.

March 15, 2018

Mexico City –  Vancouver

Three times

5:20 p.m.

10:05 p.m.

March 14, 2018

Vancouver – Mexico City


7:40 a.m.

3 p.m.

April 29 ,2018

Mexico City – Vancouver


4 p.m.

7:30 p.m.

April 29, 2018

B.C.-based Orca Airways grounded by feds ‘in the interest of public safety’

Transport Canada cites repeated failures to comply with safety regulations

The federal transportation department has grounded Orca Airways, saying the small B.C. airline has repeatedly failed to comply with safety regulations.   Transport Canada suspended the airline’s air operator certificate on Thursday, which means it can no longer provide commercial flights.   “Transport Canada took this enforcement action in the interest of public safety due to Orca Airways’ repeated non-compliance with aviation safety regulations,” a press release said.

Orca Airways operates routes between Vancouver and Vancouver Island, with regular flights to Tofino, Victoria, Port Alberni and Qualicum Beach.   According to the federal ministry, the airline has failed to meet requirements in areas including maintenance, operational control, documentation and quality assurance.   “Transport Canada will not allow Orca Airways to resume its commercial air service until it proves it can keep its operations consistently compliant with aviation safety regulations,” the release said.    Orca has been in the news in the past because of safety issues.
In 2015, an Orca Airways pilot was fired after he overshot the runway in Tofino and then failed to report the error. The company’s CEO didn’t learn about the incident for days.

Twelve years ago, another pilot with the airline was killed while trying to land a cargo plane during a winter storm.

CYHU H-18 SERVICES Sells Building to Commence Construction of a New Hangar


SAINT-HUBERT, QCMarch 14, 2018 /CNW Telbec/ – CYHU H-18 SERVICES Inc., a large ground handling provider at Saint-Hubert airport, is pleased to announce the sale of the Hangar H-18 building to Nolinor Aviation, at a price of 5.5 million dollars.    This transaction allows CYHU H-18 SERVICES Inc to pursue the development of a new fixed base operation (FBO) hangar facility at Saint-Hubert airport, dubbed AÉROPARC H-19.
CYHU H-18 SERVICES Inc. ensures that all services offered to current tenants and other clients of the Hangar H-18 building will remain in place until construction of the modern AÉROPARC H-19 is completed.
« We are excited about the arrival of Nolinor Aviation at Saint-Hubert airport and to have concluded this transaction with one of the most important aviation companies in Québec.    We will continue to grow our operation with the development of AÉROPARC H-19, which will complement the services offered to the clients of Saint-Hubert airport », stated the president of the company, M. Gordon Livingstone.
With a total area of 46 000 square feet, the brand new FBO will offer 25 000 square feet of hangar space, offices, shops and a world class arrivals and departures lounge, aimed at business aviation clientele.   The new facility will be located on a total of 200 000 square feet of private land next to the main runway 24R/06L.

Bombardier Launches Twelve Brand New In-Service Products to Add Value to its Industry Leading Business Jet Fleet


  • New avionics display and Synthetic Vision System (SVS) upgrades enhance pilot awareness
  • Bombardier designed cabin refinements improve comfort and enhance aesthetics

Bombardier Business Aircraft launched 12 brand new product enhancements, from situational awareness and regulatory compliance to cabin upgrades to elevate the performance, comfort and luxurious aesthetics of its in-service aircraft.   These products are available for installation by the qualified experts who know the aircraft best and can reduce aircraft downtime by combining the installation with a major inspection at any of Bombardier’s nine service centres worldwide.
“Bombardier is proud to offer its in-service fleet the latest in advanced technology and interior design enhancements,” said Jean-Christophe Gallagher, Vice President and General Manager, Customer Experience, Bombardier Business Aircraft.    “As the OEM, we are continually on the leading-edge of emerging trends and our highly trained and skilled technicians are best positioned to provide added value because we know our aircraft best.”
For heightened pilot awareness, Bombardier is offering enhanced LCD cockpit displays for Learjet 40/45 aircraft and a Synthetic Vision System (SVS) as a retrofit option on Global aircraft.
Challenger 300 series and Challenger 604 aircraft operators can also benefit from Bombardier’s expert knowledge when installing the Future Area Navigation System (FANS) over Iridium hardware, which facilitates pilot communication with Air Traffic Controllers (ATC) and allows aircraft to fly over certain routes in North America, the Atlantic and Europe.    With the approaching 2020 deadline to install FANS 1/A technology, operators can have the technology installed at one of Bombardier’s nine service centres during their next maintenance event.
“With time also running out for thousands of operators to equip their aircraft with ADS-B Out V2 by January 1, 2020, customers can align the installation with an upcoming maintenance to save time and money, while ensuring the highest quality of OEM parts and an exceptional customer experience,” added Gallagher.
Bombardier’s new interior cabin enhancements redefine luxury and comfort. Custom-crafted stone flooring to enrich the aesthetics, as well as meticulously crafted conference tables on both Challenger and Global aircraft, featuring a single pillar pedestal for ergonomically comfortable and spacious seating, are now available for retrofit installation.
Bombardier Tucson Service Centre’s new purposefully designed interior atelier is equipped to provide these interior enhancements with its meticulous state-of-the-art cabinet workshop and fully climate-controlled work environment.

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Cargojet Announces Strong Fourth Quarter and Year End Results


MISSISSAUGA, ONMarch 12, 2018 /CNW/ – Cargojet Inc. (“Cargojet” or the “Corporation”) (TSX: CJT, CJT.A) announced today financial results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2017.
For the Fourth Quarter Ended December 31, 2017:

  • Total Revenues were $118.2 million, an increase of $24.1 million or 25.6% versus the previous year
  • Gross Margin was $37.4 million, an increase of $9.9 million or 36.0% versus the previous year
  • Adjusted EBITDA was $37.3 million, an increase of $9.4 million or 33.7% versus the previous year
  • Adjusted EBITDAR was $40.1 million, an increase of $7.8 million or 24.1% versus the previous year
  • For the Year Ended December 31, 2017:
    • Total Revenues were $382.9 million, an increase of $51.9 million or 15.7% over the previous year
    • Gross Margin was $106.3 million, an increase of $20.5 million or 23.9% versus the previous year
    • Adjusted EBITDA was $109.5 million, an increase of $16.4 million or 17.6% versus the previous year
    • Adjusted EBITDAR was $122.9 million, an increase of $9.6 million or 8.5% versus the previous year

    “We are very pleased with the strong financial results achieved in the fourth quarter.” said Ajay Virmani, President and Chief Executive Officer.    “We continue to execute our plan to optimize our overnight network and to improve aircraft utilization while meeting the growing demands of e-commerce activity” he added. “These results are a testament to the tremendous efforts of the entire Cargojet team as we continue to focus on prudent cost controls and revenue growth while continuing to provide a value added service to our customers.”
    Cargojet is Canada’s leading provider of time sensitive overnight air cargo services and carries over 1,300,000 pounds of cargo each business night.    Cargojet operates its network across North America each business night, utilizing a fleet of all-cargo aircraft.    For more information, please visit:

Penticton Airport Terminal Building Construction Contract Awarded to Ledcor Construction Ltd.


PENTICTON, BCMarch 12, 2018 /CNW/ – The Penticton Airport has experienced significant growth in air traffic over the past three years as more people make their homes and do business in the region.
Today, Transport Canada awarded a $6,447,000 contract to Ledcor Construction Ltd. to modernize and enhance key areas of the Penticton Airport Terminal Building to accommodate this increased traffic and improve safety, security and the overall passenger experience.    The construction work is anticipated to begin in spring 2018 and will take two years to complete.
The project will reconfigure the main concourse; create space for an expanded arrivals hall, baggage claim area and new food service space; build new airline check-in counters, offices and new rental car kiosks; and add an additional set of washrooms.    In addition, the existing pre-board screening room, holdroom and baggage storage areas will be expanded.
This project builds on the recent holdroom expansion during spring 2016 that doubled the seating capacity, accommodating the significant growth in aircraft movements.
The holdroom seating capacity will again be expanded during this project, making it more wheelchair accessible.

Billy Bishop airport begins advanced ferry passenger screening Monday

Passengers will be expected to go through a security check before boarding the ferry and may have their belongings swabbed randomly.
Passengers travelling from Billy Bishop airport may go through random screenings as a part of a new enhanced security procedure kicking off Monday, the airport says.
As part of security regulations put in place by Transport Canada under the Domestic Ferry Security Regulations, the enhanced screening procedure will randomly check baggage and/or belongs of some passengers for the presence of explosives,” according a news statement on the airport’s website.   “The random screening will be completed by swabbing the exterior of the baggage and/or belongings and analyzing the swab taken with a portable detection device.”

Air Canada W18 Toronto – Honolulu service changes as of 11MAR18


Air Canada in last week’s schedule update adjusted planned Toronto – Honolulu service.    For winter 2018/19 season, Mainline Boeing 767 will operate this route, replacing current rouge operation.
Simultaneously, operational period is being revised to 15DEC18 – 09JAN19 only, twice weekly.    The airline also filed service on 23FEB19, however the airline’s schedule is currently filed until late-February 2019.   Additional date expected to be filed in the coming weeks.

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Bombardier buoyed by U.K. financing for C Series jet

The British government is providing financing to help Bombardier Inc. sell C Series aircraft to a key Asian airline, just weeks after a U.S. trade agency rejected allegations the Canadian company was receiving unfair state subsidies.
UK Export Finance, a government agency that assists British exporters, is providing financing to Korean Air Lines Co. Ltd. to support the sale of two CS300 aircraft.    Bombardier signed a deal in 2011 with Korean Air for the purchase of 10 CS300s, with an option for another 10 and purchase rights for 10 more.   One plane was delivered last December and another one is expected to be in service this year.    UK Export Finance is working with Export Development Canada on the financing arrangements and both are expected to provide assistance for more deliveries. It’s not clear how much support is being offered but the list price for a CS300 plane is nearly US$90-million.
Montreal-based Bombardier is a significant employer in Northern Ireland with about 4,000 workers at plants in Belfast, including a major operation that makes wings for the C Series.    While the British government has provided around £135-million ($240-million) worth of loans to the Northern Ireland plants over the years, this is the first time UK Export has been involved in backing a sale of C Series airplanes.
The financing also comes after months of intense lobbying by the Canadian and British governments last year to prevent the U.S. Department of Commerce from imposing duties of nearly 300 per cent on imports of C Series planes.    The move was prompted by U.S. giant Boeing Co., which alleged Bombardier received massive state subsidies from Canada and Britain, allowing Bombardier to sell the planes in the United States at absurdly low prices.    To cope with the possible duties, Bombardier struck a deal with Airbus Group SE last fall which acquired a 50.01-per-cent ownership stake in the C Series program for no cash, and incorporated the plane into its product lineup.    The objective was to circumvent any U.S. tariffs by using an Airbus plant in Alabaa to assemble C Series planes.    However, in January, the U.S. International Trade Commission rejected Boeing’s claim and called off the duties.
“The U.K. is at the forefront of the civil aerospace industry and I am delighted that the Department for International Trade is backing this landmark contract, which will support the global success of Bombardier’s C Series program and its operations in Northern Ireland,” said Rona Fairhead, the Britain’s Minister of State for Trade and Export Promotion at the Department for International Trade.
Added Michael Ryan, president of Bombardier Aerostructures and Engineering Services: “We are very proud to have secured our first C Series aircraft sale to an Asian airline, and with the backing of UK Export Finance and Export Development Canada, look forward to building on this success.”

Thai Aviation Services begins S-92 helicopter training at CAE Brunei MPTC

Thai Aviation Services S-92 helicopter aircrews will now train at the CAE Brunei MPTC


The CAE Brunei Multi-Purpose Training Centre (MPTC), a joint venture of CAE and the Ministry of Finance of Brunei Darussalam, today announced that Thai Aviation Services has begun Sikorsky S-92 helicopter simulator training at the CAE Brunei MPTC.
Under a multi-year contract, Thai Aviation Services S-92 helicopter aircrews have started conducting their S-92 simulator training at the MPTC.     Based in Bangkok, Thai Aviation Services operates a fleet of S-92 helicopters used primarily for offshore oil and gas operations in the Gulf of Thailand.
We chose the CAE Brunei MPTC for our S-92 training because the simulator provides the needed realism for our helicopter-specific offshore oil and gas mission profile,” said Captain Nattapat Pongsatitvittaya, Chief Pilot, Thai Aviation Services.     “We also considered the added value to conduct search and rescue (SAR) mission training for potential future SAR operations at Thai Aviation Services.”

Thai Aviation Services will use the CAE Brunei MPTC S-92 helicopter simulator for offshore oil and gas mission training.
The CAE 3000 Series S-92 helicopter mission simulator at the CAE Brunei MPTC features unprecedented realism for helicopter-specific mission training, including offshore oil and gas, search and rescue, and other types of operations. The simulator enables pilots to practice — without risk — challenging procedures such as low-level flight, confined area operations, autorotation and landing on platforms at sea.     The CAE 3000 Series S-92 simulator features core CAE simulation technologies including the CAE True six Degree-of-Freedom (DOF) electric motion system and high-performance vibration platform to replicate vibration cues critical to helicopter pilots; a high-fidelity CAE Medallion-6000 image generator; and a direct projection 210 degree by 80 degree extreme field-of-view dome display system.
“We are pleased to welcome Thai Aviation Services to the list of customers training at the CAE Brunei Multi-Purpose Training Centre,” said Rozman Junaidi, General Manager, CAE Brunei MPTC.   “Simulation-based training increases safety and efficiency while providing maximum training value to enhance crew readiness.”
In addition to S-92 helicopter training, the CAE Brunei MPTC offers comprehensive training programs for the Pilatus PC-7 training aircraft and S-70i Black Hawk helicopter, which is operated by the Royal Brunei Air Force.  The CAE Brunei MPTC has also established an Emergency and Crisis Management Centre of Excellence that is now providing relevant local authorities with comprehensive training designed to better plan and prepare for emergencies.    Using simulation-based training, the CAE Brunei MPTC offers emergency and crisis management training programs that will help improve coordination, response and operational decision-making during a range of emergency scenarios.