Montreal, Canada. 20 October, 2015. CAE and Lider Aviacao  announced the expansion of the joint venture training program between CAE and Lider with the purchase of a CAE 3000 Series full-flight simulator (FFS) replicating the AW139 aircraft. The new AW139 FFS will be jointly developed by CAE and AgustaWestland and will be qualified to Level D, the highest qualification for flight simulators by both the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Agencia Nacional de Aviacao Civil (ANAC) of Brazil.

This latest AW139 device will further benefit from the long association formed between CAE and AgustaWestland, making training for AgustaWestland aircraft available to operators around the world. This experience includes the Rotorsim joint venture between AgustaWestland and CAE, delivering simulator services for AgustaWestland helicopters successfully since 2003. The sale of the simulator by CAE to the joint venture was included in CAE’s sales press release which was issued on October 15, 2015.

The AW139 full-flight simulator will support initial and recurrent training for AW139 pilots in Brazil and throughout Latin America as well as enabling mission specific training for offshore oil and gas, search and rescue (SAR), VIP, and other operating profiles.

“This deployment will provide convenient, high quality training for the large number of AW139 operators in Latin America,” said Nick Leontidis, CAE’s Group President, Civil Aviation Training Solutions. “We are proud to grow our joint venture with Lider to reach our shared vision of safety in this vibrant market.”

“The addition of this program is another step in our continued investment in safety'” said Eduardo Vaz, Lider Aviacao CEO. “Both our pilots and professionals from other companies will have a third local platform available for an immersive, mission-specific training experience.”

The full-flight simulator will be based Sao Paulo and training operations will begin in the second half of 2016.