CAE strengthens leadership position in ab initio pilot training

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CAE, a global leader in the delivery of training for the civil aviation market, has responded to the demand for commercial airline pilots, announcing ab-initio pilot training and resourcing agreements with commercial airlines including IndiGo, CityJet and China’s Schenzhen Airlines.

The contracts, which include new and extended cadet training agreements, support the training needs of the company’s commercial airline partners, explained Nick Leontidis, Group President, Civil Aviation. “We are very proud to help our cadets achieve their professional pilot careers,” Leontidis added.

Irish airline CityJet has selected CAE for the delivery of its new EASA ATPL Integrated Training programme. The Climb High Mentored Cadet Programme will see ten cadets begin their training before the end of 2016 at CAE Oxford Aviation Academy in the UK, and Phoenix, Arizona, USA.

The Irish airline, currently in a period of growth with two new aircraft types entering into service this year, will welcome the cadets on the successful completion of their training, to join the airline and be offered a type rating on the CityJet fleet. Applications for the cadet programme are open immediately and more information can be found at

“We are very proud to help our cadets achieve their professional pilot careers while supporting the training needs of our commercial airlines partners”

Another contract, signed with IndiGowill see more than 200 professional pilots join the fast-growing low-fare airline through 2018. As part of the airline’s expansion, selected candidates will be able to pursue a new ‘international training pathway’, completing their training programme at CAE Oxford Aviation Academy in either Gondia (NFTI), India or Melbourne, Australia as of Autumn 2016. To date, CAE has trained more than 250 cadets for IndiGo.

CAE has also announced a new partnership with OSM Aviation, providing crew resourcing services to support the growing personnel needs of Norwegian Airlines. As part of the agreement, more than 20 CAE Oxford Aviation Academy selected graduates will become First Officers with OSM’s largest customer, Norwegian, in Autumn 2016.

Also announced is an extension of Shenzhen Airlines‘ ab initio training agreement with CAE. This brings the total number of additional cadets to be selected for the Chinese airline to more than 100, who began training at CAE OAA in Phoeniz, USA in December 2015. Shenzhen Airlines has been a customer of CAE since 2013 and has been creating pilots

Finally, the company announced a strengthened agreement with Buckinghamshire New University (BNU), reporting that since the beginning of the year, over 20 new cadets selected CAE Oxford Aviation Academy as part of the new edition of the Modular Waypoint Plus Pilot Programme in partnership with BNU. Training of the next group of students is due to start in August 2016 in Oxford, UK followed by hours building and CPL training in Phoenix, USA.