CAE, which provides simulation and training services to civil aviation and defence customers, will open its first aviation training centre in Bangalore by the end of the year that will train up to 1,000 pilots a year, when fully operational.
The training centre could help India address the shortage of pilots. Indian carriers have ordered an additional 400 planes to be delivered over the next five years, which will generate the need for more than 1,000 new pilots per year.
"The Indian aviation industry is growing rapidly and faces significant pilot shortages. Establishing this training centre strengthens our relationship with our Indian customers," said Jeff Roberts, CAE's Group President, Innovation and Civil Training and Services at a press meet in Mumbai.
CAE would invest roughly US $20 million (Rs 529.44 crore) in the training centre, which will be located close to the Bangalore International Airport at Devanahalli. It hopes to rope in a partner, for which it evaluating the possibilities.
The centre will serve airlines in the region, and will initially offer pilot, cabin crew and maintenance training as well as flight operations support on the Airbus A320 and the Boeing 737. It will also serve the needs of the CAE Global Academy, a new training alliance intended to address the global shortage of pilots.
As a trainer and equipment provider, CAE claimed it can offer the full spectrum of training services and products to address the needs of this market, including pilot provisioning services and the sale of full-flight simulators and training devices.
CAE is a world leader in providing simulation and modelling technologies, and integrated training services to the civil aviation industry and defence forces. With annual revenues of $845 million, CAE operates in 19 countries around the world and has sold nearly 700 simulators and training devices to airlines.