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they graduate to the TH-57 for rotary-wing training. The Army has its students skip fixed-wing flying and train in the TH-67 (also a Bell 206 variant) and then they go into the OH-58.

Bell is currently proposing the Navy move to a services contract for all aspects of flight training. Clifton explained, “By using our services rather than their own in-house TH-57 fleet, the U.S. military would pay a flat fee rather than having to maintain training helicopters and flight instructors. The services contract would provide for the cost of new aircraft and their maintenance and support, as well as operating costs for the length of the contract. Bell would support the entire spectrum of Navy helicopter training.”

Under a contact that runs until 2037, CAE provides


school and simulator training to the U.K. Joint Helicopter Command,


includes both Royal Air Force and Royal Navy


crews. The MSHATF is equipped with six CAE-built full- mission

configured CH-47 (three

simulators for

Chinook simulators),

AW101 Merlin (two simulators), Puma

and helicopters

(one simulator). The MSHATF

has also

provided third-party flight training to pilots from the Royal Netherlands Air Force, Royal

Canadian CAE Extensive Training

CAE is best known for its range of full- featured, six-axis flight simulators for helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft. The company is also a major player in providing third-party military pilot training. In 1997, the United Kingdom awarded CAE a private finance initiative (PFI) contract to establish the Medium Support Helicopter Aircrew Training Facility (MSHATF) at Royal Air Force Benson station. “This is one of the first programs of its kind where a military customer pays by the hour for turnkey training service,” said Phil Perey, CAE’s senior director of Global Military Business Development.

Air Force, and Portuguese Air Force.

In 2003, CAE and AgustaWestland formed a joint venture company, Rotorsim, to provide simulator training for a range of AW helicopters, including the military variant of the AW109 light utility helicopter and the NH90 military helicopter, as well as the AW139, AW169, and AW189 airframes. Based in Sesto Calende, Italy, the Rotorsim center includes several CAE full-flight simulators equipped with CAE’s roll-on/roll-off cockpit design that allows various cockpits to be rolled in and out of a full-flight simulator “mothership.” “The capital investment needs for a high- end, full-mission helicopter training center 43 Air Force, Royal Danish

can be significant,” said Perey. “CAE provides the necessary capital investment in exchange for a minimum commitment to train for a number of years.”

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