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Margaret Wise
Friday, December 01, 2017

FIJI Airways has confirmed the acquisition of a second full-flight simulator for the Fiji Aviation Academy from Canadian Aviation Electronics, a global leader in the delivery of training for the civil aviation, defence and security, and healthcare markets.

The A330 full-flight simulator will be installed at the academy facility in Namaka, Nadi, which is due to open in 2019.

A deal for the first simulator, a Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft simulator from CAE was announced this year.

Fiji Airways managing director and CEO Andre Viljoen said plans for the aviation academy were progressing well.

"And we've now accounted for two of the three simulators we will have at the facility," he said.

"We're very pleased to again select CAE, this time for an A330 simulator. This is a key part of phase one of the Fiji Aviation Academy. We have also allocated space for a third simulator bay at the Academy for any future expansion opportunities."

Mr Viljoen said once complete, the state-of-the-art Fiji Aviation Academy will offer a world-class training facility for pilots with fixed training devices. In phase two, the academy will offer ab-initio training for cadet pilots.

"Our vision is to ensure we provide our own pilots the very best in training facilities right here in Fiji.

"The added benefit of selling simulator time to pilots from abroad coming here for simulator training will further boost the local economy, and position Fiji as the true aviation hub of the Pacific," he said.

CAE's global presence is the broadest in the industry, with 160 sites and training locations in 35 countries, including joint venture operations, and the world's largest installed base of flight simulators.

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