CAE today announced that General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) has installed a CAE-built Predator Mission Trainer at its Flight Test and Training Center (FTTC) located at the Grand Sky Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Business Park near Grand Forks, North Dakota. The Predator Mission Trainer will be used to advance the quality and capability of remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) synthetic training provided by GA-ASI at the FTTC. GA-ASI offers a range of pilot and sensor operator training at the FTTC for operators of GA-ASI’s family of RPA systems.
The Predator Mission Trainer now operating at GA-ASI’s FTTC is similar to the first Predator Mission Trainer jointly developed by CAE and GA-ASI for the Italian Air Force, which can deliver “zero-flight time” training based on the high-fidelity simulation of both the flight model and sensor systems.
The Predator Mission Trainer at the FTTC simulates GA-ASI’s Block 30 ground control station for the MQ-9 RPA and will be used to deliver initial qualification and aircraft sensor systems training in addition to mission-specific training. With a zero-flight time simulator such as the CAE Predator Mission Trainer, aircrews can potentially conduct all training in the simulator without necessarily requiring further training on the actual aircraft. Later this spring, CAE will deliver a second Predator Mission Trainer to GA-ASI’s Gray Butte Flight Operations Facility near Palmdale, California.
CAE is a global leader in training for the civil aviation, defence and security, and healthcare markets. Backed by a record of more than 70 years of industry firsts, the company continue to help define global training standards with CAE innovative virtual-to-live training solutions to make flying safer, maintain defence force readiness and enhance patient safety. CAE have the broadest global presence in the industry, with over 10,000 employees, 160 sites and training locations in over 35 countries. Each year, the company train more than 220,000 civil and defence crewmembers, including more than 135,000 pilots, and thousands of healthcare professionals worldwide.