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Boeing Called for 737 Max Simulator Training And CAE Was Ready

  • Canadian company started building extra machines last year
  • Complex, towering devices blend super computer, video game
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Boeing Reverses Itself to Back Simulator Training for Max Pilots

Boeing Co.’s surprise about-face in recommending that 737 Max pilots now complete training in simulators before flying the still-grounded airliner shocked many in the aviation world -- except perhaps one of the leading manufacturers of the devices.

Canada’s CAE Inc., anticipating a surge in demand for pilot training, in November said it had begun to make 737 Max full-flight simulators without customer orders in hand, an unusual step in the build-to-order industry. The company believed more training would be needed in the wake of 737 Max crisis and wanted to be in a position to quickly supply airlines with the machines that can cost as much as $20 million apiece, CAE spokeswoman Helene Gagnon said.