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CAE USA has been authorised to proceed with a US Army contract to provide advanced helicopter flight training support services, the company announced on 22 December.

Flight training services – including classroom, simulator, and live flying instructor support services for Army aviators training to fly the CH-47 CHINOOK, UH-60 BLACK HAWK, and AH-64 APACHE helicopters, will be provided at the US Army Aviation Center of Excellence (USAACE) at Fort Rucker, AL. Total contract value is expected to be approx. $90 million (€73.5 million) through 2027 – the contract has a one-year base period and six one-year options.

Once Army aviators graduate from the Initial-Entry Rotary-Wing training programme, they are assigned to continue training on one of the Army’s frontline combat helicopters or transition to fixed-wing training on the C-12 HURON.  CAE USA will now provide the instructor pilots required to deliver flight training to approximately 900 Army aviators annually, and will also deliver additional flight training support services by providing maintenance examiners and non-rated crewmember flight engineers. 

When combined with the fixed-wing flight training program we already support at our Dothan Training Center, CAE will now play a pivotal role supporting the training of all Army aviators progressing to their assigned operational aircraft,” commented Dan Gelston, Group President, Defense & Security, CAE.  

Industry partners supporting CAE in delivering on the contract include Navigator Development Group, Pinnacle Solutions, and MAG Aerospace.

CAE USA will now play an active role in training all US Army helicopter pilots. (Photo: CAE)

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