CAE has commissioned a Hawker Beechcraft King Air 350 simulator at Ansett Aviation Training in Melbourne. The new sim was officially launched by The Hon. Gordon Rich-Phillips, Victorian Minister for Technology and the Aviation Industry on July 31.
The new CAE 5000 sim is fitted with Collins Proline 21 glass and is qualified to CASA Level D standards.
With the new system in operation, pilots will be able to do valuable training and checking time in Melbourne rather than make the expensive trip to the USA to get time on a King Air sim. In addition to business aircraft operators,
the new King Air 350 simulator will be used for training military pilots.
Jeff Roberts, CAE's Group President, Civil Simulation Products, Training and Services, said: "Australia has been strategically important to CAE for many years. We delivered our first simulator to the country nearly 25 years ago and since then we have sold more than 30 civil aviation and military simulators in the region. Today we provide training services in Sydney and Melbourne and operate two ab initio flight schools.
"Business aviation is an essential part of the transport system in Australia, and CAE is committed to offering its customers world-class training close to home."
The new B350 sim represents an investment of around $10 million.