CAE and a US regional carrier, Endeavor Air, celebrated a major expansion to the training centre in Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, making it the largest CRJ training facility in the world. 

First opened in 2017, the centre recently underwent a 50,000 sq. ft expansion to make space for Endeavor’s Flight Operations and Inflight Training Departments. It will also host three additional full flight simulators (FFS) that will allow Endeavor Air to consolidate all of its pilot and cabin crew training, which was previously held in multiple locations.

The regional airline approximates that 2,000 pilots will visit the new learning centre. Currently, the centre has 120 instructors supporting the flight operations training programme and 16 supporting the attendant training programme.

“The expanded training centre will not only support Endeavor Air as they train and recruit pilots but will also deliver efficiencies and a world-class training experience by consolidating all training in one centre housing state-of-the-art simulators,” said Michel Azar-Hmouda, Vice President, Global Commercial Aviation Training and Flight Training Organisations, CAE.

Jim Graham, CEO of Endeavor Air, added: “Our training programmes always strive to set the Gold Standard in the industry, and we are committed to providing equally outstanding resources to help our crewmembers learn in the most effective way possible.”