CAE announced two new contracts for simulation and training in Australia and New Zealand at the Avalon Australian International Air Show this week.
CAE will provide on-site maintenance and support services for the Royal Australian Air Force’s AP-3C Advanced Flight Simulator (AFS) located in Adelaide, South Australia. The trainer is used for mission crew training and replicates Lockheed Martin’s AP-3C Orion aircraft.
In addition to support, CAE will also upgrade the simulator’s visual environment. The multimillion-dollar contract is scheduled to last four years. The company declined to provide exact figures for the contracts for “competitive reasons,” according to CAE spokesman Chris Stellwag.
CAE also received a smaller contract with the Royal New Zealand Air Force to provide a classroom training system for the Beechcraft King Air 200 and computer-based training to support students in the Interim Advance Pilot Training Capability project.
CAE’s classroom offering, the Simfinity Virtual Simulator, can be used for self-paced or instructor-led training, particularly familiarization of procedural training before pilots enter a full-flight sim or aircraft.
“The simulation services provided by CAE will play a key role in modernising the training of RNZAF pilots under the IPTC program,” New Zealand’s Air Vice-Marshal Peter Stockwell said in a press release.
CAE also completed a visual system upgrade for the RAAF’s C-130J full-flight and mission simulator at RAAF Base Richmond in January. According to the training flight commander of the RAAF’s No. 285 squadron, the new visuals have better fidelity, color, sharpness, and brightness.