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CAE officially unveils its first CAE Airline Pilot Demand Outlook, a 10-year view at the Paris Air Show


  • 255,000 new airline pilots needed over the next 10 years
  • 50% of the pilots who will fly the world’s commercial aircraft in 10 years have not yet started to train

Paris, Le Bourget, France, June 20, 2017 (NYSE: CAE; TSX: CAE) – CAE releases today at the 2017 International Paris Air Show its first CAE Airline Pilot Demand Outlook, providing the airline industry with key insights on the future need for professional pilots in commercial aviation.    The 10-year view builds on key drivers, variables and trends and addresses airline pilot needs around the world.
The report exposes a global requirement for 255,000 new airline pilots over the next 10 years to sustain the growth of the commercial air transport industry and support retirements.    It also reports a need to develop 180,000 first officers into airline captains, a greater number than in any previous decade.    The document breaks down the numbers by region and provides a thorough analysis of the training needs of the aviation industry.
“As the leading training organization in the world, we are very proud to introduce our first-ever CAE Airline Pilot Demand Outlook to the market, which will provide airlines with a view on the upcoming needs and development opportunities for professional pilots,” said Marc Parent, CAE’s President and Chief Executive Officer.    “It is fair to say that the majority of today’s pilots have been in contact with CAE at some point in their career, whether it be in one of our academies, training centres, as part of a flying assignment or in one of our full-flight simulators.    As such, we deeply understand the pilot development process and our experience sourcing and training pilots for airlines from diverse regions gives us a unique position to understand these insights.”
“The airline industry will need 70 new type-rated pilots per day for the next 10 years to meet global demand,” said Nick Leontidis, CAE Group President, Civil Aviation Training Solutions.   “This record demand will challenge current pilot recruitment channels and development programs.    New and innovative pilot career pathways and training systems will be required to meet the industry’s pilot needs and ever-evolving safety, competency and efficiency standards.    We’re very proud to share this first comprehensive report with the industry and continue to shape the future of pilot training with our aviation partners and colleagues”.
The CAE Airline Pilot Demand Outlook is available for download at

CAE signs a series of commercial and business aviation training contracts valued at approximately C$85 million



Paris, France, June 20, 2017 (NYSE: CAE; TSX: CAE) – CAE announced today at the 2017 Paris Air Show a series of aviation training solution contracts with large fleet operators and airlines worldwide, including Ethiopian Airlines, Air India, and Japan Airlines.    These agreements, valued approximately C$85 million, cover airline pilot and cabin crew training, crew resourcing, business aviation pilot training programs, as well as the sale of four full-flight simulators (FFS).

They include:
Airline pilot and cabin crew training as well as business aviation pilot training agreements, demonstrating the recurring nature of CAE’s offering

  • Ethiopian Airlines in Africa: a 5-year agreement to market Boeing 737NG, 757, 767, 777, 787 and Bombardier Q400 pilot training capacity
  • MHS Aviation in Europe: a new 2-year contract for business aviation pilot training
  • JetSMART in South America: an exclusive 5-year contract for Airbus A320 pilot training
  • Exclusive agreements for Airbus A320, A330 and Boeing 737NG pilot training to undisclosed airlines in Asia
  • An exclusive 2-year contract for Airbus A320 pilot and cabin crew training as well as crew resourcing to an undisclosed airline in Europe

Innovative training equipment, including update services and the sale of 4 full-flight simulators
One ATR72-600 full-flight simulator to Air India in India

  • One Airbus A350 full-flight simulator to Japan Airlines in Japan
  • Two full-flight simulators, including one Boeing 747 FFS and one business jet FFS, to undisclosed customers in North America

“These contracts come from all regions of the world and highlight the full extent of CAE’s aviation training solutions,” said Nick Leontidis, CAE’s Group President, Civil Aviation Training Solutions.    “We are proud that our new and existing customers continue to choose CAE as their partner to support their growing training and crew sourcing needs.”
The 4 full-flight simulator sales represent CAE’s first four FFS sales for fiscal 2018.    The FFSs are at list prices, which include the value of OEM aircraft-specific data, parts and equipment (DP&E).    In the case of these contracts, some customers are providing part of the OEM content.

CAE supports Royal Australian Air Force Diamond Thunder distributed virtual training exercise


— Simulators at bases in Williamtown, Tindal and Richmond networked for training and mission rehearsal —

Silverwater, Australia, June 13 2017 – (NYSE: CAE; TSX: CAE) – CAE recently supported the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) participation in the Diamond Thunder distributed mission training exercise, which saw the RAAF network various simulation assets across the country as part of its inaugural Air Warfare Instructor Course.
The Diamond Thunder Exercise involved the networking of F/A-18 simulators at both RAAF Base Williamtown and Tindal with the E-7A Wedgetail simulator at Williamtown and C-130J simulator at RAAF Base Richmond.     The Air Warfare Centre’s Joint Air Warfare Battle Laboratory at Williamtown served as the exercise command centre to manage and coordinate the overall virtual training environment.
CAE engineering staff at Richmond supported the integration and testing of the C-130J full-flight mission simulator (FFMS) onto the Australian Defence Training and Experimentation Network (DTEN).  CAE also provided an exercise planner to assist with creating and executing the virtual training and mission rehearsal scenarios, and had staff within the Australian Defence Simulation and Training Centre to assist with the provision of the networking infrastructure to support this distributed virtual training exercise.
“Diamond Thunder demonstrates the significant advances Defence has made in live-virtual-constructive (LVC) training capabilities,” said Air Commodore Richard Lennon, Commander, Air Mobility Group, RAAF.     “The ability to develop, evaluate, and practice tactics in a simulated environment allows all combat elements to work better with each other and assure positive mission outcomes.     Increased familiarity for the RAAF workforce with LVC training will create exciting opportunities for how we develop and train our workforce, regardless of where they are based.”
During the Diamond Thunder exercise, each of the high-fidelity simulation devices was networked and flew simultaneously in the same virtual environment.     As a joint and integrated force, the F/A-18 fighters, E-7A Wedgetail airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) platform, and C-130J tactical transports had to address threats such as air defence systems, ground radars and surface-to-air missiles.
“There’s potential for LVC training to further advance and develop, and complement the existing training that we do,” said Wing Commander Jason Baldock, 285 Squadron, RAAF.     “There are a number of applications for LVC, including pre-deployment and exercise training, which are of significant value in preparing aircrew for real-world operations.”
“Integrated LVC training systems are becoming more critical as military forces such as the RAAF look to expand the use of virtual training to cost-effectively prepare for their missions,” said Ian Bell, CAE’s Vice President and General Manager, Asia-Pacific/Middle East.     “CAE brings a great deal of experience and expertise as a training systems integrator in being able to help our customers create integrated, interoperable and immersive environments for distributed mission training.”