Global training and mission systems integrator, CAE which is presenting its latest defence and security innovations at region’s largest airshow has debuted a new Vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) desktop trainer at the show.
The new VTOL desktop simulator will help CAE meet surging demand for pilots as advanced air mobility and unmanned systems operations grow.
“CAE’s UAS Mission Trainer adapted for VTOL operations draws on decades of training expertise we have with remotely piloted aircraft to help train pilots, and highly-trained VTOL pilots will help safely scale advanced air mobility and unmanned operations across global markets,” said Thibaut Trancart Vice President and Managing Director, Europe and Middle East, CAE.
The Canadian firm is demonstrating the new Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) desktop simulator based on the company’s Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) Mission Trainer along with a host of other digital innovations.
Increasing advanced air mobility (AAM) and UAS operations over the next decade will create a surge in demand for pilots, which by some estimates could be close to 60,000 pilots needed by 2028. However, training solutions geared specifically towards VTOL operations are currently limited.
Trancart said, “By incorporating immersive digital training technologies, like virtual reality, augmented reality and artificial intelligence into the early stages of a training program, operators can achieve faster and more effective trainee throughput while accelerating practical experience. We are very excited to showcase how our suite of products and services can help cost-effectively prepare aircrews for combat situations and help achieve high levels of mission readiness.”
CAE is also showcasing its wide range of defence training solutions at its booth, including the CAE Trax Academy, a comprehensive pilot training continuum that delivers faster, better, and more efficient pilot throughput.
Specifically, CAE is demonstrating its Sprint virtual reality (VR) trainer that is part of the Trax Academy and includes a VR headset, haptics, and physical flight controls to deliver a high-fidelity and realistic virtual environment.
CAE is also showcasing its Virtual Maintenance Trainer, which integrates theory with practical skills to deliver maintenance technicians a high-fidelity immersive simulation of aircraft systems using virtual reality.
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