CAE Dothan Training Center holds grand opening
The new CAE Dothan Training Center boasts state-of-the-art classrooms, a suite of high-fidelity simulators and training devices inside its modern facility. But what’s brought into the facility that speaks volumes for it’s high tech capability is a tiny little chip the size of a camera memory card.
Each day when student aviators take off, that chip records a video of inside the cockpit with them flying with an instructor. Every action and comment is capture for later evaluation.
The training center is designed to provide a comprehensive fixed-wing flight training for U.S. Army, U.S. Air Force pilots and other customers. This is all accomplished through CAE and it’s team members, which includes Navigator Development Groups Inc.
Officials from CAE officially held a grand opening last month on the 79,000-square-foot facility, which included a fly-by from two of aircraft used for training, the Grob G120TP.
During the ceremony, CAE USA President and General Manager Ray Duquette said the vision of CAE is to be the recognized global training partner of choice. “We want to enhance efficiency, enhance safety and very important to the military is enhancing readiness,” he said. “We want to be the recognized partner of choice, which means we are doing what we said we would do, and doing it well.”
Duquette said CAE has not been alone on this journey to offer a competitive training service and deliver a solution in a short time frame for the Army.
“This project would not have been possible without our industry partners right here in Alabama,” he said. “And I thank our employees for your commitment to this partnership in doing what we said we would do—delivering in just 12 months a modern, flexible and cost effective training capability.”
The center, located at the Dothan Regional Airport, will train Army rotary wing helicopter pilots transitioning to the Army’s fleet of more than 350 fixed-wing aircraft. The program also offers a new Intial Entry Fixed-Wing Flight Traing program for the Army C-12/RC-12 Huron and the recurrent training of the Air Force C-12 Huron pilots.
About 600 students will go through the course each year. The course includes many hours of simulator and live flight training.