Aviation simulator and training provider CAE will invest C $ 1 billion (US $ 800 million) over the next five years to support airworthiness test programs and training programs for new types of aircraft. aircraft such as eVTOL.
The major R&D program, called Project Resilience, will include the development of “digitally immersive solutions using data ecosystems and artificial intelligence”. It will also develop the ability to provide operational support and training solutions for advanced air mobility, as well as develop go-ahead aircraft technologies.
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The Government of Canada and the Government of Quebec are co-financing the Resilience project with a combined investment of 340 million Canadian dollars (265 million US dollars).
CAE said it will leverage its technological capabilities and expertise to support airworthiness test programs as well as its latest innovations in simulation, virtual / mixed reality (VR / MR) and data analysis in the part of the Resilience project. It will also invest in the development of electric aircraft technologies and solutions, including the modernization of its large fleet of light trainer aircraft to reduce its carbon footprint.
Marc Parent, President and CEO of CAE, said: “CAE is a force for Canadian innovation, and our R&D will allow us to strengthen our leadership in training by creating digitally immersive solutions in many sectors and markets to make the world safer.
“The project will also allow us to expand into exciting new markets such as advanced air mobility, green light aircraft technologies, and next-generation healthcare equipment and services.
“With advanced air mobility, we are on the cusp of a new era in aviation. We are investing to position CAE as one of the leaders in defining this emerging industry, by supporting OEMs in the development, testing and certification of aircraft programs, simulation equipment and aircraft training. next generation of pilots and maintenance technicians.
“It is expected that nearly 60,000 specially trained professional pilots will be needed to safely transport passengers and cargo in these electric vertical take-off and landing vehicles, and CAE has the expertise to make it happen.
Project Resilience will be based in Canada, where it will create 700 new jobs at CAE. The company said it will work with post-secondary institutions, research centers and STEM institutions and create 5,000 work-integrated learning (WIL) opportunities for students and 100 new scholarship positions.
CAE employs more than 11,000 people at 160 sites in 35 countries. About half of them work in 18 locations across Canada.