December 04, 2006 09:02 ET

CAE and NGRAIN Simulation Technology Helps Canadian Forces Increase Maintenance Training Throughput

Trial shows the potential to reduce time for maintenance training by as much as 60 percent

ORLANDO, FLORIDA--(CCNMatthews - Dec. 4, 2006) - CAE and NGRAIN announced today at the Interservice/Industry Training Simulation, and Education Conference (I/ITSEC) that the Canadian Forces have completed a trial to assess the effectiveness of using virtual maintenance training throughout the School of Aerospace Technology and Engineering curriculum. The first application of the solution has shown the potential to reduce time for maintenance training by as much as 60 percent.

With a goal of training new recruits to standard faster, the Canadian Forces decided to transform its Air Force maintenance training program through blended learning, which integrates 3D simulations with traditional methods. 3D simulation-based training has a demonstrated potential to accelerate training and ease demands on hardware training devices. In addition, it provides greater flexibility of training delivery-allowing the Canadian Forces to easily reach trainees and graduates wherever they may be stationed through distributed learning and real-time performance support.

A user study carried out at the Canadian Forces School of Aerospace Technology and Engineering (CFSATE) found that aircraft maintenance trainees reached mandated performance levels much faster when being trained with CAE-NGRAIN 3D simulation-based courseware, compared to the traditional training methods alone.

"We need to increase our throughput in maintenance training," said LCol R. Thompson, Director Air Requirements 7, Canadian Air Force. "The proof of concept delivered by CAE and NGRAIN supported our view that trainees can acquire knowledge faster when 3D equipment simulations supplement traditional methods."

Using planning and execution techniques normally used in real-time distributed combat simulations, the training developed for the C-130 propeller training module at CFSATE integrated existing instructional materials from CFSATE with NGRAIN and CAE simulations. The NGRAIN interactive, 3D virtual models of equipment sub-systems and assemblies allow students to practice in a combination of instructor-led, self-paced structured lessons, and free play environments before taking the legacy performance check. The practical exam proved that the students met the school's performance standard in a greatly reduced period of time. After one day of study using the virtual maintenance training, all students passed the practical exam with an average of 94 percent for this module, representing approximately a 60 percent reduction in training time. CFSATE expects that the use of simulations will also enhance the retention of important skill and knowledge elements in support of continuation or refresher training in an operational theatre.

"This integrated solution based on CAE Simfinity® provides military organizations around the world with a set of tools that can help to dramatically increase their maintenance training capacity," said Marc Parent, CAE's Group President, Simulation Products and Military Training & Services. "By using 3D simulations, military maintenance technicians can learn and practice maintenance and repair procedures more rapidly and cost-effectively both in the classroom and out in the field."

"Most maintenance training organizations are faced with the growing need for highly trained individuals in an environment of increasingly technological and operational complexity," said Paul Lindahl, President & CEO, NGRAIN. "The fact that the CFSATE has seen significant improvements in training time provides a testament to the value that 3D simulation maintenance training can provide today's armed forces."

CAE will be demonstrating its military maintenance training solutions in booth 1845 at I/ITSEC 2006. Attendees can see NGRAIN's virtual task trainers by visiting booth 1149.

About CAE

CAE is a world leader in providing simulation and modelling technologies, and integrated training services to the civil aviation industry and defence forces around the globe. We design, manufacture and supply simulation equipment and offer training and services. This includes integrated modelling, simulation and training solutions for commercial airlines, business aircraft operators, aircraft manufacturers and military organizations and a global network of training centres for pilots, and in some instances, cabin crew and maintenance workers.

With annual revenues of over C$1 billion, CAE operates in 19 countries around the world. CAE has sold nearly 700 simulators and training devices to airlines, aircraft manufacturers, training centres and defence forces for air and ground purposes in more than 40 countries. We have over 100 full-flight simulators in more than 20 aviation training centres, serving approximately 3,500 airlines, aircraft operators and manufacturers across the globe. CAE licenses its simulation software to various market segments and has a professional services division assisting customers with a wide range of simulation-based needs.


NGRAIN transforms the sustainment of complex equipment with 3D performance support solutions for the aerospace and defense industry. NGRAIN increases equipment readiness by accelerating learning on complex equipment, enabling first-time-right performance, and reducing maintenance cycle time.

NGRAIN is optimized for web deployment and portable devices. With NGRAIN, anyone can rapidly incorporate interactive 3D equipment simulations into sustainment applications, including courseware and technical manuals.

Customers include all branches of the United States military, the Canadian Forces, and leading defense manufacturers and system integrators, including Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, and CAE.

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