Montreal firm sells flight simulators to customers in China, Russia for $50M
by Canadian Manufacturing Daily Staff
Sold two Level D full-flight simulators to COMAC in China, two to NITA in Russia
MONTREAL—Aviation simulation firm CAE has sold a pair of flight simulators each to customers in China and Russia in deals worth a combined $50-million.
The Montreal-based firm says it sold two Level D full-flight simulators (FFS) its Augmented Engineering Environment (AEE) for the new C919 aircraft being developed by Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China, Ltd. (COMAC).
In a separate deal, CAE says it sold two simulators, a Boeing 737NG and a Bombardier CRJ200, to Russian aviation equipment company New Information Technologies in Aviation (NITA).
“We have a long history of cooperation with COMAC’s Shanghai Aircraft Customer Services Co. (SACSC) Ltd. starting with the development of the first ARJ 21 full-flight simulators, and we are honored that SACSC has once again selected us for the development of the world’s first C919 simulators,” CAE group president of civil simulation products, training and services Jeff Roberts said in a statement.
“We are also proud to continue to extend our reach into Eastern Europe and to have been selected once again by Russian aviation equipment company NITA on behalf of the Ministry of Transport of Russia.”
The two C919 CAE 7000 Series FFSs will incorporate the new third-generation CAE Tropos-6000 visual system.
They will be ready for use at SACSC in 2015, prior to the aircraft’s expected entry into service.
In addition, CAE will provide two Level 5 Flight and Maintenance Training Devices (FMTDs).
The C919 FFS program will also use the CAE Augmented Engineering Environment (AEE), a modeling and simulation environment that will allow SACSC and CAE to efficiently develop, evaluate, test and validate a range of aircraft models and systems during the development phase of the simulators and aircraft program.
CAE has designed, developed and delivered the industry’s first full-flight simulators for more than 40 new aircraft representing 16 different original equipment manufacturers, including the first simulator for COMAC’s ARJ21 advanced regional jet.
The Boeing 737NG FFS for NITA will be deployed in 2013 to the Ulyanovsk Higher Civil Aviation School in Ulyanovsk, Russia, where CAE delivered earlier this year an Airbus A320 FFS.
The CRJ200 FFS will be deployed to the Saint-Petersburg State University of Civil Aviation in Saint-Petersburg, Russia, also in 2013.
NITA is acquiring the simulators on behalf of the Federal Air Transport Agency, part of the Ministry of Transport of Russia.