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CAE and BETA Partner on Pilot and Maintenance Training Program

BETA Technologies (BETA) has selected CAE as its partner to design and develop a pilot and maintenance training program for the ALIA eVTOL aircraft. CAE will develop a full suite of digitally integrated curriculum and courseware solutions for the aviation workforce. The new training program will be built from the ground-up, in parallel with BETA's aircraft certification journey, taking into account the unique operational and missions specific inputs for this aircraft.Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) covers a range of aircraft enabling transport of people and cargo between places previously not served or underserved by civil aviation, with eVTOL aircraft at the forefront. CAE's dedicated Advanced Air Mobility group offers training and operational support solutions to help companies like BETA certify their eVTOL aircraft, train their pilots and maintainers, and scale standardized AAM operations across global markets."Flying and maintaining electric aircraft requires an understanding of electric systems and flight dynamics that are new to aviation," said Kyle Clark, Founder andamp; CEO at BETA. "Our team is thrilled to be bringing on CAE's expertise into the fold as we work hand-in-hand to teach the next generation of pilots and mechanics the unique aspects of flying and maintaining electric aircraft."BETA is the first eVTOL to receive manned airworthiness from the U.S. Air Force and the company has customers across a suite of industries including logistics, medical, passenger, and military. BETA has hundreds of hours of manned full-scale flight testing and recently flew its ALIA aircraft over 200 miles.In November 2020, CAE released a report on the 2020-2029 Pilot Demand Outlook which estimated that an expected global requirement of 264,000 new pilots will be needed in the civil aviation industry to sustain growth over the next ten years. This does not take into account the additional surge in demand for pilots and technicians in Advanced Air Mobility.
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