All easyJet pilots to be trained solely by CAE upcoming years
In the beginning of November, British easyJet and CAE agreed on the long-term partnership in the training of easyJet pilots for C$170 million per 10 years. Based on the contract, CAE is about to offer its training centres with very new flight simulators XR Series in UK (London Gatwick, Manchester) and Italy (Milan), where easyJet pilots-to-be will be trained.
New training centres, new flight simulators for easyJet
Until the agreement between CAE and the airline, easyJet pilots used to be trained by schools as the L3 Airline Academy or FTEJerez. Newly, future easyJet pilots will be trained solely by CAE and are going to be allowed to use a special area containing 9 Airbus A320-family full-flight simulators (FFSs) and 3 flight training devices (FTDs) in the new London Gatwick centre. In addition, in Manchester and Milan, the will be ready another 2 simulators. The first cadets will start their training in these centres in the second half of 2019. The contract will be valid till 2029.
The easyJet’s program will enable the training on simulators CAE 7000XR designed for bettering of the training efficiency and capabilities which should follow all new EASA regulations. Another machine available to pilots in training will be CAE 600XR with CAE Tropos™ 6000XR collimated visual system and a fully enclosed instructor area. This device ensures that new easyJet’s pilots will be well-prepared according to the standards of the airline.
Photo: New CAE 600XR simulator with CAE Tropos™ 6000XR collimated visual system
Marc Parent, CAE’s President and CEO comments on the cooperation: “This agreement is based on training excellence and represents a major step forward in the evolution of CAE’s relationship with easyJet. It’s a prime example of CAE’s commitment to provide our airline partners with the most innovative training solutions and to deliver the greatest training experience. As well, our expanded footprint will help us address customer demand by further strengthening CAE’s presence in the UK and Europe.”
easyJet’s COO, Chris Browne adds: “The safety and welfare of our customers and crew is easyJet’s number one priority and by choosing CAE as our training partner of choice and investing in the most advanced technologies, we not only continue to enhance the quality of our pilot training, we maintain and enhance our commitment to safety. This represents one of the biggest deals of its kind in Europe in the last five years and we are pleased to be working with CAE as a trusted and highly innovative training provider to help ensure easyJet is a centre of excellence for crew training.”