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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Saudi Arabia based Pilot Training Center Signs Agreement with Flight Simulator Manufacturer and Training Provider

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia based Prince Sultan Aviation Academy (PSAA) and FlightSafety International have signed a five-year agreement that will see both parties expand their collaboration in aviation training.

The partnership will enable PSAA to become a delivery partner of FlightSafety in aviation training, maintenance training, and operational excellence. Selected training programs will cover a wide customer base in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

FlightSafety is proud to continue its 20-year history helping to keep Saudi Airline and PSAA pilots trained and prepared with our new agreement to train our Saudi customers.

“FlightSafety looks forward to supporting PSAA and other Saudi operators with industry-leading training,” said Nathan Speiser, Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing at FlightSafety.

“Our partnership with FlightSafety will enhance the training programs at PSAA to equip aviation professionals with relevant skills,” said Captain Ismael Koshy, CEO of PSAA. “We’re all very excited by this new collaboration as we know the program quality at FlightSafety is of a world-class standard, adapting perfectly to PSAA’s training philosophy. We certainly look forward to working with FlightSafety benefiting many aviation professionals in the Kingdom. This partnership will prove pivotal in meeting the objective of Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 by supporting aviation training in our country.”

About PSAA

Prince Sultan Aviation Academy (PSAA) is a strategic business unit of Saudi Arabian Airlines Corporation and is considered the only advanced aviation training center in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The academy provides training in all aviation fields including flying, in-flight service, flight safety, aircraft maintenance, English language, ground operations, customer service, aviation management courses, and more. The academy provides professional and quality aviation training in compliance with national and international regulations and safety standards to regional and global commercial air carriers. The PSAA is also an IATA Regional Training Partner and an Authorized Training Center, offering IATA courses and certificate programs.

About FlightSafety International

FlightSafety International is the world’s premier professional aviation training company and supplier of flight simulators, visual systems and displays to commercial, government and military organizations. The company provides training for pilots, technicians and other aviation professionals from 167 countries and independent territories. FlightSafety operates the world’s largest fleet of advanced full-flight simulators at Learning Centers and training locations in the United States, Canada, France and the United Kingdom. 

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UAE-based Pilot Simulator Training Center Welcomes its 70th Batch for A320 Type Rating Course

Sharjah, United Arab Emirates based full flight simulator training center Pier Seven Aviation welcomed the 70th batch of pilots comprised of Indian commercial pilot license holders who are set to begin their A320 type rating course. This follows Pier Seven Aviation’s recent expansion in full flight simulator infrastructure.

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SIMAERO Opens India Subsidiary, Appoints General Manager as Committed to Investing USD $100 Million

Global full flight simulator training center group Simaero Group officially finalized the incorporation of Simaero India Pvt Ltd, based in New Delhi, India. To manage local operations, the Group management team has appointed Mr. Khushbeg Jattana as the General Manager of Simaero India.

A $100 million investment to develop aviation training services in India

The aviation industry in India has been expanding quickly in response to the needs of the world’s most populous country. Local airlines are experiencing rapid growth, generating significant demand for well-trained pilots and high-quality pilot training solutions. A need that will increase even more in the years to come and put India as one of the key strategic markets for the aviation training business.

To address this need, Simaero will offer its expertise in flight simulator operations, pilot training solutions, and simulator engineering services through a direct presence in the country. Simaero Group is committed to investing USD 100 million in high-technology infrastructure. In the coming years, the company will offer significant job opportunities and local expertise to strengthen the Indian aviation market further.

“Simaero India is a major milestone in our business development strategy. We are confident that, having more than 20 years of experience in aviation training worldwide, we will deliver outstanding results to the customers and stakeholders in this booming market,” affirms Nicolas Mouté, CEO of Simaero.

Mr. Khushbeg Jattana, appointed General Manager of Simaero India

Simaero Group welcomes Mr. Khushbeg Jattana to the Management Team as General Manager of Simaero India.

Having more than ten years of experience in the management of full-flight simulator pilot training centers, Mr. Khushbeg Jattana brings a vast range of expertise in revitalizing airline training organizations, procuring FSTDs, securing training agreements, and establishing greenfield/brownfield simulator training centers.

“We are very happy that Mr. Khushbeg Jattana has accepted to lead Simaero India. Khushbeg’s qualification, valuable aviation training experience, and knowledge of the Indian market will allow Simaero to offer tailored solutions for the specific needs of our Indian clients,” comments Nicolas Mouté.

Simaero Group expands its presence in the Asia Pacific region and confirms its position as a global player in the pilot training industry

Four years after having started its business operations in China, Simaero extends its presence in the area by opening Simaero India. This announcement confirms the strategic importance of the Asia Pacific region in the Simaero group’s future development. Today, having four subsidiaries in France, South Africa, China, and India, the group confirms its ambition to position Simaero as a global independent leader in the pilot training industry.


Simaero is a leading player in Full Flight Simulators operations and Pilot Training worldwide. Headquartered in Paris, France, Simaero gives its 250 customers access to over 30 Full Flight Simulators in its four Training Centers in Paris CDG and Dinard, France; Johannesburg, South Africa; and Zhengzhou, China. Simaero is an Approved Training Organization for pilots, certified by EASA and more than 40 other civil aviation authorities, including South Africa, Saudi Arabia, India, Malaysia, Nepal, Brazil, Senegal, Ivory Coast, and UAE. Its academy offers a complete set of Type Rating training solutions covering a comprehensive range of aircraft types, including Airbus A320, A330, A340, and A350; Boeing 737, B757, B767, B777, B787; ATR 42/72-500/600, ERJ 145, Beech 1900, Dash 8, MD80/82, and Fokker 100. Simaero also provides Simulator Engineering Services to numerous customers across the world. The service includes simulator relocation, repair, upgrade, and preparation for certification and operation. In Joint Venture with HNCA, Simaero provides simulator engineering and maintenance services in China.

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