CAE has announced the introduction of 35 Piper single-engine and twin-engine training aircraft to its CAE Oxford Aviation Academy fleet.
The agreement includes firm orders for 22 single-engine Archer TX training aeorplanes and 13 twin-engine Seminole trainers,as well as parts and service.
Deliveries will start this spring with 27 of the new aircraft going to CAE Oxford Aviation Academy in Phoenix, United States, and eight being sent later in the year to CAE Oxford Aviation Academy in Oxford, UK.
This initial order for 35 aircraft is part of a five-year fleet replenishment initiative agreement between the two companies. Under the agreement, CAE has designated Piper as its Preferred Aircraft Provider. CAE’s long term needs include the possibility of additional orders to continue its efforts to modernise its CAE Oxford Aviation Academy fleet.
“These Piper aircraft are equipped with multiple systems designed to enhance training and safety of flight, including flight data feedback systems and traffic awareness technology,” said Jeff Roberts, CAE Group President, Civil Simulation Products, Training and Services.
“Piper is absolutely delighted that CAE Oxford Aviation Academy, has selected our company for its next large fleet procurement of learning aircraft,” said Piper President and CEO Simon Caldecott. “The dual country destination for this fleet order is a first for Piper’s recent fleet sales.”
All of the aircraft will be equipped with Garmin G1000 avionics suites and Garmin Traffic Advisory Systems. The aircraft will have satellite-enhanced dual antenna traffic awareness technology, enabling one-second updates for traffic situational awareness. The aircraft will also become the first ab initio aircraft in the world to be factory-equipped with CAE-designed flight data analysis and cockpit video recording systems. These systems record data, audio and video and are important new additions to CAE’s Safety Management System (SMS). The recorded
information will be replayed through the CAE Flightscape Insight flight data analysis software. It will enable students to debrief immediately after a flight using flight animation with synchronised audio/video and will allow CAE to gather statistical trends for longer term safety and performance benefits.
CAE Oxford Aviation Academy training locations include Australia, Belgium, Cameroon, Hong Kong, India, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and the United States.