Dean Fisher, left, CAE vice president, and Adeniyi Makanjuola, Caverton Helicopters chairman, hold a model of a flight simulator. CAE and Caverton will establish a flight training and simulation center in Lagos. (Caverton Helicopters)
BULAWAYO, ZIMBABWE — Montreal’s CAE and Nigeria-based Caverton Helicopters have signed an agreement that paves the way for the Canadian company to set up and operate sub-Saharan Africa’s first full-flight training and simulation center in Lagos by mid-2015.
According to Nigerian media reports, the CAE flight training center will be located at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport in Lagos. The center will be equipped with six simulator bays featuring a CAE 3000 Series AW 139 full-flight simulator, a CAE 7000-XR Series Boeing 737 NG full-flight simulator and two CAE Simfinity Integrated Procedures Trainers.
Caverton Helicopters Chairman Adeniyi Makanjuola said the company is delighted to be building the first full commercial aviation center in Lagos.
“Our pilots have been training with CAE and in helicopter training centers in the UAE, Qatar, the USA, Brazil, Italy and Norway over the past few years due to the unavailability of the required facilities in the region, and we are very excited to be building the first ever commercial aviation training center in Lagos, Nigeria, with CAE as our partner,” Makanjuola said.
He explained that CAE’s market looks forward to taking the leadership role as a provider of a “one-stop-shop” philosophy to training solutions and African aviation developments.
“CAE is honored to have been chosen by Caverton Helicopters for both our leadership and our ability to provide a comprehensive portfolio of training solutions tailored to meet its specific needs. We look forward to continuing to grow our relationship with Caverton to support the growing pilot training needs in the region,” said Nick Leontidis, CAE Group President, civil simulation products, training and services.
Caverton Helicopters is a subsidiary of Caverton Offshore Support Group and was established in September 2002 as a charter, shuttle and maintenance company that has evolved into a provider of aviation logistics to the oil and gas industry in West Africa. ■