CAE to Continue Fixed-Wing Flight Training with US Army

US Army has awarded CAE a contract for continued flight training services at Dothan Training Center, Alabama, supporting initial and recurrent training for fixed-wing and transitioning rotary-wing aviators By Joseph Macey / 01 Feb 2023
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CAE Defense and Security has been awarded the competitive re-compete for Fixed-Wing Flight Training Service by the US Army.

The contract provides comprehensive initial and and recurrent training for more than 600 US Army and US Air Force fixed-wing pilots annually. According to CAE, the firm-fixed-price award has an approximate total value of $250 million through 2032 distributed from an initial base period and seven single-year options.

CAE Defense & Security has provided Army Fixed-Wing training at the company-owned company-operated Dothan Training Center in Alabama since the initial contract award in 2016. The state-of-the-art facility, near the US Army’s Aviation Center of Excellence (USAACE) at Fort Rucker supports initial and recurrent training for transitioning Army rotary-wing aviators and Army initial-entry fixed-wing students.

Dan Gelston, Group President, CAE Defense & Security, said: “We are honored that the U.S. Army has once again selected the CAE Dothan Training Center to support the readiness of their future fixed-wing aviators. The training center is a prime example of delivering live, virtual and constructive training with adaptive technologies and agile learning to deliver the highest quality instructional solutions to our military customers.”

Merrill Stoddard, Vice President and General Manager at CAE Defense & Security Readiness Solutions, commented: “CAE provides a world-class training program that balances academics, simulation, and aircraft flight training. We leverage modern training solutions to deliver scenario-based training specific to the Army’s fixed-wing requirements.”

The Fixed-Wing Flight Training Service program features academic, simulation and aircraft flight training, including the CAE Trax Academy which augments the current ground-based training assets with self-paced virtual and augmented reality (VR/AR) training in both the C-12 and Grob G-120TP. CAE also provides Grob G120 TP flight training devices and a suite of desktop trainers and courseware in addition to a fleet of C-12U King Air aircraft owned and maintained by the US Army and operated by CAE instructors to deliver C-12 King Air aircraft flight training.

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