FARNBOROUGH 2014: Bombardier chooses new JV for CSeries pilot training

Bombardier has appointed Flight Training Alliance (FTA) – a newly formed joint venture between CAE and Lufthansa Flight Training (LFT) – as its exclusive Authorized Training Provider for CSeries aircraft pilot and cabin crew training worldwide.

Bombardier also announced Lufthansa Technical Training (LTT) as its exclusive Authorized Training Provider for maintenance training on the new aircraft family.

Flight Training Alliance will support the CSeries entry-into-service by providing comprehensive pilot and cabin crew training to customers and operators worldwide. It will create and deploy training programmes in the CAE and LFT networks and will take advantage of the global networks and instructional delivery from both partners to support customer requirements.

“CSeries aircraft operators will have access to the very best in training as FTA combines the strengths – operational expertise, in-depth instructor and courseware development know-how, technology leadership and global reach – of two industry-leading collaborators,” said Michel Ouellette, president, customer services and specialized and amphibious aircraft, Bombardier Aerospace. “Both CAE and LFT are longstanding Bombardier partners and will provide the best training solution for the CSeries aircraft, during the entry-into-service phase and for ongoing support over the aircraft’s life cycle.”

As Authorized Training Provider for maintenance training for the CSeries, Lufthansa Technical Training (LTT) will be handling worldwide manufacturer type training courses for technical aviation personnel. Through its expertise and its experience as a recognised training provider, LTT will also support Bombardier in the development of EASA-approved courseware.

The first simulator and training programme deployments will be ready before the aircraft’s entry-into-service, starting with the Bombardier training centre in Montreal where CAE has built the world's first CSeries aircraft simulator. Additional deployments will follow in Europe, North America and Asia. The ATP agreement is subject to anti-trust approval in China.

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