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CAE is relying on mixed reality for AAM training

CAE has recently revealed that it is developing a sophisticated mixed reality (MR) flight trainer to serve the expanding requirements of the advanced air mobility (AAM) industry. The new 700MXR trainers were compared by Nick Leontidis, CAE Civil Aviation group president, to high-tech flight training gadgets. They mark a new method of teaching that will mirror low-altitude, single-pilot flights in intricate airspaces and urban settings.

Leontidis explained that the goal is to make the devices affordable for a marketplace with more low-cost aeroplanes. He elaborated that the company has a training module that it considers to be more suitable for the purpose of training pilots for these vehicle prototypes. According to Leontidis, the new environment can bring forth the need for a lot of training options, thereby raising the need for a brand new system for offering education.

Based on the expectations of CAE, the aircraft in question may need a rating. The company is cooperating with regulatory bodies to determine what type of new requirements are necessary. Based on what Leontidis said, there are suitable regulations for vertical and single-pilot flights but not for the AAM industry. He mentioned that the company will try to adhere to the current regulations for the time being, and changes will be brought over time.

The latest product range will feature a headset display panel, along with a sleek and mobile platform and a rotating field of view. As a result, users can get a

CAE has recently revealed that it is developing a sophisticated mixed reality (MR) flight trainer to serve the expanding requirements of the advanced air mobility (AAM) industry.

high-quality simulation, complete with a three-dimensional environment immersion. The MR headset can function with real-life cockpit instruments and control panels to facilitate low-height flight scenarios.

Although each aircraft operates differently, the CAE vice president of strategy, marketing, and adjacencies for civil aviation, Simon Azar, noted that most use analogous electronics and cabin settings, thereby providing a foundation for the training equipment series. He emphasised that the fundamental requirements of the modules are identical.

According to CAE executives, the CAE 700MXR is already under development and will be available once AAMs start operating. Although it is an autonomous CAE project, the creation of the trainers coincides with CAE’s efforts to establish beneficial AAM sector relationships. CAE unveiled its fifth deal of the same nature recently, adding to those with Beta Technologies, Jaunt, Volocopter, and Joby. CAE will build and run a training programme for the VX4 aircraft from Vertical Aerospace. This particular vehicle is scheduled to start operating in 2025, under the terms of the deal.

CAE foresee a big developing demand for AAM instruction. Chris Courtney, who is the head of advanced air mobility, is estimating a requirement for as many as 70 thousand pilots to fly such vehicles over a period of ten years. Simultaneously, CAE’s regular airline and business customer base already account for almost 75% of AAM orders.

Leontidis stated that the actual timing and location of the training will be dictated by market requirements. He stated that CAE and Volocopter are collaborating to qualify and deploy a pilot training programme, with the objective of beginning activities in advance for the Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games in Paris in 2024.

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