Airbus looks to CAE for A380 flight simulator

Canada’s CAE has been awarded a $55 million contract by Airbus to build the world’s first Airbus A380 full-flight simulator.

Canada’s CAE has been awarded a Cnd$55 million contract by Airbus to build the world’s first Airbus A380 full-flight simulator and provide integrated training solutions to the aircraft manufacturer.

The program calls for CAE to provide Airbus the with a complete range of training devices for the A380, including two full-flight simulators equipped with the CAE Tropos visual system, CAE Simfinity three-dimensional maintenance/flight training devices and software licenses for CAE Simfinity desktop and laptop trainers.

‘We were seeking to offer the best and most comprehensive training for our A380 customers. CAE was selected on its ability to offer a complete, high-quality training solution,’ said Patrick Gavin, executive vice-president, customer services, Airbus. ‘Their experience in developing prototypes figured prominently in our decision.’

The first full-flight simulator will be sent to Airbus’s Toulouse centre early 2005 for final development and will be ready for training at the end of 2005. The second simulator will also be ready for training at the end of 2005.

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