TAMPA, Florida – CAE USA has been awarded a contract with the US Navy to continue to provide full crew training services for the T-44C Pegasus at Naval Air Station (NAS) in Corpus Christi, Texas, the company said in a January 7 press release.
Awarded as a base one-year contract with additional one-year options through mid-2027, the contract is valued at over $ 70 million. CAE USA provides T-44C crew training services to the Chief of Naval Air Training (CNATRA) as part of a contractor-owned, contractor-operated training program. The T-44C is the Navy’s variant of the King Air aircraft used for intermediate and advanced training of multi-engine pilots.
“We began providing training for T-44C crews to the Navy in 2013 and we are honored that the Navy has chosen CAE USA to continue to provide essential training services for CNATRA’s multi-engine training pipeline,” said said Ray Duquette, president and CEO of CAE USA. .
CAE USA provides qualified instructors who provide all required classroom and simulator training on the T-44C to NAS Corpus Christi. CAE owns, operates and maintains a series of T-44C training aircraft that are widely used as part of the T-44C training program. CAE is also introducing new virtual reality trainers based on the Microsoft HoloLens that will be used for the familiarization and procedural training tasks of the T-44C. This will help increase the number of students by freeing up training devices and T-44C aircraft for more advanced training. In total, more than 400 students from the US Navy, Marine Corps, and international students train on the T-44C at NAS Corpus Christi each year.
“The Navy T-44C Crew Training Program is a prime example of how CAE is partnering with our military customers to introduce digital innovations such as virtual reality technologies that contribute to more effective and better training. efficient, ”said Dan Gelston, Group President, Defense and Security, CAE.
The T-44C crew training program is the responsibility of CNATRA, which oversees Naval Air Training Command and the training of all airmen and naval officers.