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CAE, BETA Technologies announce collaboration for pilot and maintenance training program

By Chris Stonor

CAE announced last week that BETA Technologies has selected the company as its partner to design and develop a pilot and maintenance technician training program for the ALIA eVTOL aircraft, reports a press release.

The release says, “CAE will leverage its training expertise to develop a full array of innovative, digitally integrated curriculum and courseware solutions for the aviation workforce of tomorrow.” And goes on, “The new training program will be built from the ground-up, in parallel with BETA’s aircraft certification journey, taking into account the unique operational and mission specific inputs for this aircraft.”

CAE’s AAM group offers training and operational support solutions to help innovative companies such as BETA, certify its eVTOL aircraft, train pilots and maintainers, and scale standardised AAM operations across global markets.

Kyle Clark, Founder & CEO at BETA, commented, “CAE has a rich history in participating in the development and launch of many innovative aircraft. Flying and maintaining electric aircraft requires an understanding of electric systems and flight dynamics that are new to aviation.”

Nick Leontidis, CAE’s Group President, Civil Aviation Training Solutions, said, “CAE is a high technology solutions company at the leading edge of digital immersion and we are committed to supporting the continuing needs of BETA and its operators throughout the lifecycle of the program.” Adding, “This marks the first step to what we believe will be a long-term partnership with BETA.”

BETA is the first eVTOL to receive manned airworthiness from the U.S. Air Force and the company has customers across a suite of industries including logistics (UPS Flight Forward), medical (United Therapeutics), passenger (Blade), and military (U.S. Air Force). BETA has hundreds of hours of manned full-scale flight testing and recently flew its ALIA aircraft over 200 miles.

Nick Leontidis

Meanwhile, in November 2020, CAE released a report on 2020-2029 Pilot Demand Outlook in which it was estimated that an expected global requirement of 264,000 new pilots were needed in the civil aviation industry to sustain growth over the next ten years. This does not take into account the additional surge in demand for pilots and technicians in Advanced Air Mobility.

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