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ATR To Upgrade Simulator Visuals (Aug. 1)

TORONTO --- The CAE Tropos visual system has been selected by ATR, the European regional aircraft manufacturer, to upgrade two Thales-built ATR 42/72 full-flight simulators based in its Toulouse training center. Once modified, the first simulator will receive Level D certification by December 2003.

CAE Tropos offers unprecedented image quality and a fully textured world database with dynamic airport inserts, so pilots see realistic visual cues. Comprehensive weather simulations, textured fog and operational efficiency all contribute to training that is more effective. The advances incorporated into the CAE Tropos image generator are now driving its adoption throughout the training world.

Captain Jean-Michel Bigarré, ATR's vice-president of training and flight operations, stated, Thanks to the quality of the CAE Tropos visual system and the good level of collaboration with CAE, we are now completing the major training center upgrade plan that was launched one year ago. Once the modified full-flight simulators are certified, the ATR Training Centre (ATC) will become a reference in terms of training on ATR aircraft. We will then be in a position to offer high-quality training along with a commercial policy more in line with the expectations of our customers.

“CAE Tropos provides ATR with the unmatched performance and realism required to meet the highest training standards,” said Martin Gagné, CAE’s vice president of visual systems.

ATR is an equal partnership between EADS (European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company) and Finmeccanica/Alenia Aeronautica and is a world leader in the 40 to 70 seat regional aircraft market. ATR headquarters are located in Toulouse, France.

CAE is a leading provider of integrated training solutions and advanced simulation and controls technologies to civil aviation, military and marine customers. The company generates annual revenues in excess of C$1 billion and employs more than 6,000 people in Canada, the United States and around the globe.

CAE Tropos to Be Used for ATR Visual Upgrades