– CAE and Embraer’s training joint venture, Embraer CAE Training Services (ECTS) announced at NBAA that it has launched its first pilot and technical training programs for the Phenom 100 aircraft at CAE’s facility in Dallas, Texas. This is a key milestone for the joint venture, which was established in October 2006 to provide pilot and ground crew training to Embraer customers of the Phenom 100 and Phenom 300 jets.
“We are delighted to see these milestone events successfully achieved,” said Simon Newitt, Embraer’s Director of Customer Training. “These first pilot and technical training programs are the result of months of groundwork, and ensure that our Phenom 100 customers are fully prepared, as the time approaches for the aircraft to enter service.”
“CAE and Embraer created a best-in-class, advanced training program for pilots and technical staff for Phenom 100 customers,” said Jeff Roberts, CAE’s Group President, Innovation and Civil Training & Services. “Pilots and technicians will receive operationally-oriented training for Phenom 100 jets, ensuring the highest levels of safety.”
To support the program, the world’s first Phenom 100 full-flight simulator (FFS), built by CAE, is located at CAE’s facility in Dallas. A second Phenom 100/300 FFS is scheduled to be deployed at CAE’s Burgess Hill training center in the U.K., in the first quarter of 2009. ECTS plans to add a third Phenom 100 FFS, in the future, at a location in North America, yet to be defined.
The program’s first technical training course, which is instructor-led and computer-based, began in August, with additional courses underway and scheduled to take place on a regular basis. They may take place either at CAE’s center in Dallas or on-site at customer facilities.
The first pilot training began in September, with additional courses also underway and scheduled to take place on a regular basis. The program includes up to 23 hours of computer-based training, followed by 40 hours of instructor-led ground school, involving Integrated Procedures Trainer (IPT) sessions, and approximately 32 simulator-hours based on a two-person crew.
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