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First CAE MPL cadets complete core and basic phases

Sept. 14, 2010, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - CAE today announced at the Asia Pacific Airline Training Symposium (APATS) that the 12 AirAsia cadets in CAE's Multi-crew Pilot License (MPL) beta program class have successfully completed the Core and Basic phases of the program at CAE Global Academy member Moncton Flight College (MFC) in Dieppe, New Brunswick, Canada.


September 14, 2010
By Carey Fredericks

The Intermediate phase of the CAE MPL program will now be conducted at the CAE SimuFlite training centre in Dallas. In early 2011, the cadets are expected to enter the Advanced phase at CAE's training centre in Toronto, Canada. At the conclusion of the 14-month beta program, which began in March, graduates are expected to receive an MPL license from Transport Canada and authority from the Department of Civil Aviation Malaysia (DCAM). The MPL license will be granted following the takeoff and landing phase of training in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Graduates will then enter sponsoring airline AirAsia's initial operating experience (IOE) program for Airbus A320 First Officers.

"This group of MPL cadets and instructors has met or exceeded all expectations, and they are to be commended for their passion and dedication to become airline pilots," said Jeff Roberts, CAE's Group President, Civil Simulation Products, Training and Services. "Their success thus far is also testament to the true competency-based learning management system developed by CAE's training solutions experts and the rigorous MPL framework of Transport Canada."

All of the cadets successfully performed solo cross-country flights after an average of 27 hours of simulated and aircraft flight training. The 12 cadets all soloed within two flying days of each other, indicating a consistent pace of learning among the group.

Thus far, the cadets have learned theoretical knowledge and practical skills which include: basic aviation skills, airmanship, multi-crew operations and crew resource management, threat and error management, upset recovery procedures, airline standard operating procedures, instrument procedures, instrument flight rules and night operations.

"The cadets are right where we expected them to be," said Walter Visser, CAE Vice President and leader of the CAE Global Academy. "The diligent effort our team put into designing the CAE MPL program, the selection process, our blended learning approach, and the students' dedication to learning are proving to be very effective in achieving the competency benchmarks CAE and Transport Canada established for the program."

The CAE program is the first application of an MPL program to adhere to new performance-based Approved Training Organization (ATO) certification requirements developed by Transport Canada. The program is designed to International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) standards for the MPL license.