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Aviation training hub set to expand Dubai facilities

Emirates-CAE Flight Training says it will increase number of simulators, classrooms as demand grows

Aviation training hub set to expand Dubai facilities
Airline pilot, cockpit

Emirates-CAE Flight Training (ECFT) has announced plans to expand its second facility in Dubai in response to the growth of the aviation industry in the Middle East.

The company, jointly operated by Emirates Airline and CAE, a global leader in modelling, simulation and training for civil aviation and defence, will expand its second Dubai training facility located at Dubai Silicon Oasis.

As part of the expansion, ECFT said it will increase the number of bays from five to 10 and add two new full-flight simulators (FFSs) - one Boeing B737-800W and one Gulfstream 650, as well as a CAE Simfinity integrated procedures trainer (IPT) and state-of-the-art virtual classrooms.

Both simulators will be delivered at the centre over the next 12 to 18 months and will be used for training pilots from the Middle East and other regions including Europe, Africa and Asia.

“The aviation industry in the Middle East is already an international leader and Dubai is the ultimate hub. We are seeing strong demand in the region for high-quality training programs and capacity for existing and new aircraft entering the business aviation and commercial market segments,” said Walter Visser, managing director of Emirates-CAE Flight Training.

“Since we opened our first training centre in the region 12 years ago, the growth has been impressive. We will continue to invest in the training infrastructure in the region to ensure the needs of our customers are met, and that we are supporting the continued growth of the aviation industry in the region and beyond.”

ECFT currently operates two flight training centres in Dubai, and this expansion will increase the number of bays available to pilots to 24.

The 55,000 square foot Dubai Silicon Oasis facility is one of the largest in the region, training commercial and business pilots.

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