By Marco Finelli reporting from Italy.
Near the airport of Milan Malpensa, the CAE Training Center was inaugurated on October 10 in the presence of easyJet CEO Johan Lundgren.
It is the third training center opened after those in London Gatwick and Manchester. It is located in the area of the World Trade Center at the Tornavento district built by Avioport BV, a Schipol Airport company.
The continuous qualification of the crews is a fundamental and essential element for flight safety. The need to open such a structure is due to the large number of based pilots at Milan Malpensa, the largest of the British budget carrier outside the United Kingdom.
In addition to the bases of Venice and Naples, in total, there are 34 aircraft based in Italy, which operate 500 daily operations and about 20 million passengers transported each year.
For this reason, Lundgren said “easyJet is the third largest carrier in terms of passenger volume among those operating in Italy, at Milan Malpensa wehave transported over 70 million passengers since the start of operations in 2006. Today there are 21 based aircraft”. He adds, “We need to qualify over 1400 pilots and flight attendants working with Italian contracts. In the last 10 years we have always invested with a long-term and sustainable approach to create value for all local stakeholders “.
Nick Leontidis – President of the CAE Aviation Training Solutions Group – expressed himself at the new CAE center in Milan Malpensa. With this new addition to its network, CAE will be able to train over 35,000 pilots of commercial flights in Europe, including more than 2000 pilots per year at the new CAE training center in Milan Malpensa ”.
After the speeches of the representatives of the CAE and easyJet, the Councilor for transport of the Lombardy Region and then the Ambassador of Canada. Then the ribbon was cut and a simulator was programmed to perform a dance session to the rhythm of house music through its six axes. Following guests did simulation sessions with a 20 minutesflight each.
The CAE training center in Milan Malpensa is an avant-garde structure composed of modern training classrooms, dedicated spaces for briefing and subsequent debriefing with the most sophisticated technologies available on the market.
Currently three CAE7000XR full motion simulators have been installed, designed for the Airbus 320 family aircraft. They are equipped with the CAE Tropos 6000XR vision system. Next December a CAE600XR static simulator will be installed, equipped with the collimated CAE Tropos 6000XR visual system and an adjoining area dedicated to instructors. easyJet will be the first airline to train its pilots on the CAE 600XR, thanks to the use of a simulator with the highest accuracy available on the static training market.
EasyJet’s 10-year investment for the three centers run by CAE and over 170 million Canadian dollars with the supply of 10 full motion simulators, in addition to three FTDs. All the centers were opened in these ten days, first Gatwick, then Manchester and then Milan.
Each simulator works by performing 5 daily sessions of 4 hours each for a total of 20 hours total. Each session consists of an hour and a half of briefing before the flight, the 4 hours of flight and a subsequent hour of debriefing.
All photos by Marco Finelli.