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CAE To Train Canadian Helo Pilots (Dec. 12)



TORONTO---CAE today announced the first contract for third party training at its Medium Support Helicopter Aircrew Training Facility (MSHATF) in the United Kingdom.

Under the terms of a new contract between CAE Aircrew Training Services and EH Industries, the helicopter training facility will be host to Canadian Air Force pilots and flight engineers who are currently operating the CH-113 Labrador helicopter. They will conduct conversion training on the new EH-101 Cormorant Search and Rescue (SAR) helicopter, beginning today.

"We are delighted to have Canadian customers training at the MSH facility," said Don Campbell, Executive Vice President, Military Simulation and Training Division at CAE. "We intend to build upon the training centre's capability, and offer state-of-the-art training to worldwide operators of Chinook, EH-101 and Puma helicopters."

Search and rescue missions are typically conducted in remote areas, under the most adverse weather conditions. To meet this challenge, the advanced capabilities and systems on board the Cormorant will allow Canadian Air Force pilots to fly in circumstances that would not otherwise be possible. Intensive training is necessary to maintain the operational readiness of SAR crews. By taking advantage of the unique capabilities available at the helicopter training centre MSHATF, the Canadian Air Force crews can ready themselves at the most advanced helicopter flight training facility in the world.

MSHATF was developed by CAE in conjunction with the U.K. Ministry of Defence and provides a fully-integrated, six-bay training facility for the Puma, Chinook Mk2/Mk3 and Merlin Mk3 Helicopter air crews. Begun in 1997 and contracted to the RAF for a period of 40 years, the facility is credited with setting the new standard for helicopter training. CAE is currently discussing additional training opportunities at MSHATF with other potential users.

CAE is the world's premier provider of simulation and control technologies and equipment in its core businesses of defence, aerospace and forestry, and has recently moved into complementary businesses such as flight training services. Headquartered in Canada and operating globally, the company employs more than 6,000 people and has revenues in excess of $1-billion.

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CAE Expands Its Military Flight Training Business In The U.K.