CAE has inaugurated its first aviation training center in Mexico. CAE also announced that it has signed a training service contract with Heliservicio Campeche, a leading helicopter operator serving Mexico's offshore oil and gas industry.

The inauguration was attended by Mexican government officials, business jet, helicopter and commercial aircraft operators, as well as CAE employees. "Latin America is one of the fastest-growing civil aviation markets in the world and we are pleased to deliver training in-region for our clients," said Jeff Roberts, CAE's Group President, Civil Simulation Products, Training and Services. "CAE has been active in the region across four decades with many long-time customers in Mexico."

The new CAE Mexico facility is the first business jet and civil helicopter advanced simulation training center in Latin America. The training center began operations in early 2012, offering pilot and maintenance technician training for the Bombardier Learjet 40 and 45 aircraft as well as the Bell 412 helicopter. The training center currently has four simulator bays and can be expanded further. It has the capacity to train about 3,000 pilots and maintenance technicians annually. The facility represents an investment of approximately US$40 million.

The training center also hosts Volaris A320 pilot training and related flight operations. Volaris is a rapidly growing low-cost Mexican airline. Volaris recently placed an order of 44 Airbus A320 which represents the single largest commercial aircraft order by a Mexican carrier.