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Canada’s aerospace industry is a global market leader in flight simulation and training. Canadian aerospace companies lead the world in the design and manufacture of large flight simulators, visual systems and flight training devices. This strength is complemented by firms that specialize in meeting the growing customer demand for smaller-scale innovative aviation training solutions built around interactive devices and computer-aided learning systems.
Canadian firms also excel at training people to operate and maintain today's high-technology flight systems. They have extensive and market-proven expertise in designing comprehensive training systems for commercial and military aircraft. This ensures that customers receive the optimum balance of training effectiveness and lowest possible cost.
Canadian Strengths and Excellence
Flight Simulators and Visual Training Devices
Canada is at the forefront of the design and manufacture of commercial full-flight simulators. Canadian-made flight simulators provide pilot training on a broad range of aircraft types – including the latest models of Airbus, Boeing, Bombardier, and Embraer. Canada also holds the number one spot in producing systems that replicate the visual environments in which both commercial and military pilots operate.
The global aircrew training market is roughly 20 times the size of the simulator market itself. Building upon its core business, Canadian simulator producers have now entered the simulator market to provide customers with total training solutions.
Flight training devices (FTDs) are a proven, effective way to lower the cost of aircrew training. By using FTDs for many training activities, airlines, militaries and flight training academies can improve the efficiency of full-flight simulators. In the FTD field, Canada provides both commercial and military customers with leading-edge simulation-based training solutions. Canadian firms also produce maintenance trainers for both fixed-wing and rotary aircraft, desktop trainers for avionics systems training and automated pilot selection systems.
Desktop and Computer-Based Aviation Training Solutions
The future of aviation training will focus on improving the effectiveness of the classroom learning environment for pilots and maintenance crews. And, much of what is currently being done in the classroom will be delivered via distance learning over the Internet. Canadian firms are already leaders in developing affordable computer-based synthetic maintenance training and simulation systems for both commercial and defence applications. These include tactical mission training systems for military customers and low-cost civil flight training systems that can simulate a diverse range of aircraft systems and functions.
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