Global Pilot Training Group CAE and US Regional Airline Inaugurate Major Simulator Training Center Expansion

CAE and Endeavor Air inaugurated their expanded training centre in Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota. The training centre recently underwent a 50,000 square-foot expansion to make space for Endeavor’s Flight Operations and Inflight Training departments and three additional CRJ full-flight simulators (FFS) that will allow Endeavor Air to consolidate all its pilot and cabin crew training, which previously took place in multiple locations, at the state-of-the-art centre in Minneapolis-St. Paul. With this expansion, the facility is now the largest CRJ training facility in the world.

Endeavor Air anticipates that approximately 2,000 pilots will visit the Endeavor Air Learning Center at CAE each year for training. Currently 120 instructors support the flight operations training program and 16 instructors support the flight attendant training program. Between 2,000 and 2,300 flight attendants will come through the facility for both new-hire and annual recurrent training each year.

“We are thrilled to be here today with our long-standing partner, Endeavor Air, to celebrate the growth of the CAE Minneapolis-St. Paul training centre. The expanded training centre will not only support Endeavor Air as they train and recruit pilots but will also deliver efficiencies and a world-class training experience by consolidating all training in one centre housing state-of-the-art simulators.” said Michel Azar-Hmouda, Vice President, Global Commercial Aviation Training. “Our partnership with Endeavor Air is a shining example of how CAE can rapidly and effectively scale its training operations to meet the needs of its airline customers as they grow.”

“This newly expanded facility, made possible by our partnership with CAE, is a tremendous asset for Endeavor Air,” said Jim Graham, CEO, Endeavor Air. “Our training programs always strive to set the Gold Standard in the industry, and we are committed to providing equally outstanding resources to help our crewmembers learn in the most effective way possible. This incredible facility allows us to co-locate our training and learning teams for both pilots and flight attendants, creating greater opportunities for collaboration and joint learning between departments.”

The CAE Minneapolis-St. Paul training centre was first opened in 2017, with four CRJ FFSs. Today, the centre operates eight CRJ FFSs, two B737NG FFSs, three CRJ flight training devices (FTDs) and cabin crew training equipment.

CAE operates 70+ civil aviation training centres around the world and is uniquely positioned to provide operational efficiencies to our airline customers, like Endeavor Air, and deliver an exceptional training experience for its pilots and cabin crew.

About Endeavor Air

Endeavor Air is a wholly owned subsidiary of Delta Air Lines. Flying as Delta Connection, Endeavor Air operates 151 regional jets on 700 daily flights to 100 destinations in the United States, Canada, and the Caribbean. Headquartered in Minneapolis, MN, Endeavor Air has hub operations in Atlanta, Cincinnati, Detroit, Minneapolis and New York City.

About CAE

At CAE, we equip people in critical roles with the expertise and solutions to create a safer world. As a technology company, we digitalize the physical world, deploying simulation training and critical operations support solutions. Above all else, we empower pilots, airlines, defence and security forces, and healthcare practitioners to perform at their best every day and when the stakes are the highest. Around the globe, we’re everywhere customers need us to be with more than 13,000 employees in more than 200 sites and training locations in over 40 countries. CAE represents 75 years of industry firsts — the highest-fidelity flight, mission, and medical simulators, and personalized training programs powered by artificial intelligence. We’re investing our time and resources into building the next generation of cutting-edge, digitally immersive training and critical operations solutions while keeping positive environmental, social and governance (ESG) impact at the core of our mission. Today and tomorrow, we’ll make sure our customers are ready for the moments that matter.

Source: CAE Press Release
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US Airline Allegiant Welcomes Flight Instructors from Flight Training Partner to Headquarters

Denver, Colorado, United States based flight school McAir Aviation, L.L.C. announced that its Certified Flight Instructors (CFIs) in the Altitude Pilot Pathway reached a significant milestone in their specialized training journey this month: a visit to Allegiant Airlines’ headquarters. This opportunity allowed their CFIs to witness the inner workings of the commercial airline industry up close and personal. During the visit, Allegiant provided their team with unforgettable experiences, such as piloting an Avenger Flight Group Simulator, touring their impressive headquarters, and participating in immersive flight safety training.

“We are honored to partner with such a prestigious airline and look forward to offering this opportunity to others in the Pathway as they progress in their training journey,” said McAir Aviation.

Source: McAir Aviation Announcement
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Virtual Reality Training Solutions Provider, Visionary Training Resources, Signs Partnership with University

Pilot training focused Visionary Training Resources (VTR) announced a new partnership with Kent State University College of Aeronautics and Engineering. VTR will be sharing their proprietary Boeing 737 and Airbus 320 FlightDeckToGo™ products within the VTR Pico Neo 3 headset. This partnership will allow students to learn advanced airline flight decks anytime, anywhere.

“We recognize premier flight schools are training the next generation of pilots and we’re eager to provide the next generation of virtual reality pilot training,” said VTR.

Source: VTR Announcement
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US’s Embry-Riddle’s Golden Eagles Flight Team Wins 15th NIFA National Championship

After more than 25 days of cross-country flying and competition, Embry-Riddle’s Golden Eagles Flight Team returned home to Prescott, Arizona — elated and victorious.

As they exited their aircraft, some for the last time as graduating seniors, there were cheers, hugs and applause for the returning champs. The team had achieved an amazing feat: defending its team national championship title, capturing its third consecutive and 15th overall win at the 2023 National Intercollegiate Flying Association (NIFA) Safety and Flight Evaluation Conference.

“All year long we’ve been saying impossible means I’m possible,” said the team’s Head Coach Shaun Shephard. “And we went out there and did exactly what we needed to do with safety, focus and precision.”

The Golden Eagles soared to first place out of 28 university teams at the competition held May 8-13 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Embry-Riddle’s Daytona Beach flight team came in sixth place this year and won the national championship in 1992.

“Our flight team is representative of the quality of students that Embry-Riddle attracts,” said Prescott Campus Chancellor Dr. Anette Karlsson. “They are dedicated to their future professions and willing to spend the extra time to become the best.”

It takes a tremendous amount of training and practice to compete at the national level. The travel team represents the best of the best. Only 18 out of the team’s 40+ members are selected to go.

“Anyone who knows this team has seen their commitment and service to each other,” said Dr. Tim Holt, dean of the College of Aviation at Prescott. “The time and dedication it takes is second to none.”

The competition includes flying and ground events, such as flight planning, navigation, aircraft recognition, precision landings and message drops. In addition to being named champions of the flight events, the Golden Eagles also earned second place overall in ground events.

Individual National Champions

Leading the team to victory was Hayden Morse, the top pilot overall and top-scoring contestant well as the short-field landing champion. Morse, who is from Scottsdale, Arizona, joined the Golden Eagle Flight Team in fall 2020. Since then, he has been part of three championship teams and competed in numerous events.

Last year, he won the power off landing and short field landing competition which catapulted the Golden Eagles to its second straight national championship. “Hayden is a hard worker and very humble,” said Shephard. “He is a great leader and teacher, always willing to help others.”

“Early in his time at Embry-Riddle, Hayden dedicated himself to advancing his skills and working hard to be recognized as top pilot,” said Flight Department Chair Parker Northrup. “Earning the most points overall demonstrates his competitiveness across both ground and flying events.”

“This team means a lot to me,” Morse said. “One of the major things I always think about is the team’s legacy — those who have come before and those who will come after us.”

The NIFA competition is the pinnacle moment. “We are proud to represent the flight department as one of the best flight training centers in the world,” Morse said.

“As they go down the list at the awards banquet, you’re wondering, you’re hoping . . . and then when they finally call your name, it’s a great feeling to know that all that hard work and dedication paid off,” he said.

Morse is one of eight graduating seniors on the team. After earning his degree in Aeronautical Science, he is now starting his career with Endeavor Air, a regional carrier for Delta based out of Atlanta.

In a remarkable show of skill, another graduating senior Camden Dellar won the individual national championship in power off landing. Dellar came within 8 feet of the landing mark.

Originally from Wasilla, Alaska, Dellar also earned his degree in Aeronautical Science and hopes to work for Alaskan Airlines in the near future.

Junior Zachary Sornoza won the individual national championship in aircraft recognition. Raised in Phoenix, Arizona, he caught the aviation bug at a young age and has wanted to become a pilot ever since.

He memorized thousands of aircraft by studying them like flash cards on his iPad. Winning felt good he said, but the real value of the team is “true friendships; true family.”

About The Team

The Golden Eagles share a vision and commitment to excellence. They train several days a week and most weekends, in addition to the rigorous academic course loads that most team members carry.

“The team has space engineers, mechanical engineers, air traffic controllers,” said Shephard. “We have a wide variety of everybody on the team, not just pilots, and that’s what makes this group really special.”

Shephard is an Embry-Riddle Prescott Campus graduate with a degree in Aeronautical Science and a minor in Meteorology. He became a flight instructor in 2008 and enjoys sharing his passion for flight with future generations of pilots.

There is a wealth of expertise and training guidance as they prepare for competition each year.

Coach/Team Mechanic Farrell Haris has been with the Golden Eagles since 2009. He is an Embry-Riddle fleet technician as well as the preflight event coach and on-site mechanic for competitions.

The team’s Academic Advisor is Dwayne Fernandes, assistant chief for ground school, and assistant professor of Aeronautical Science.

Members of the 2023 National Championship Golden Eagles Flight Team are as follows:

Head Coach Shaun Shephard

Technical Coach Farrell Harris

Flight Events:

  • Gabriel Witt
  • George Fiscu
  • Hayden Morse
  • Camden Dellar
  • Logan Haynes
  • Kenrick Vail
  • Zoltan Belady
  • Davin Blunt
  • Eli Hemmerlein
  • Karen Lau

Ground Events:

  • Bri Francis
  • Samuel Low
  • Jedrick Sanders
  • Erich Norris
  • Griffin Jeannette
  • Ethan Michon
  • Kyle Neighbors
  • Zachary Sornoza
  • Coach Colin Kennedy
  • Coach Matt Masangcay
  • Coach Colin Ho Tseung
  • Coach Jamie Gallagher

Source: Embry-Riddle Press Release
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