Canadian training giant CAE has purchased a 53 per cent stake in Jandakot based China Southern WA Flying College (CSWAFC) and will operate it as part of its CAE Global Academy network.
With the acquisition, the college will be operated as a joint venture between CAE and China Southern Airlines. CSWAFC has been in operation since 1993, providing basic training at Merredin in WA as well as advanced training at Jandakot for cadet pilots employed by China Southern.
Marc Parent, CAE’s president and CEO, said the acquisition would help to meet major demand for pilots, especially from China. “We are very pleased that our long time partner, China Southern Airlines, has chosen CAE to meet its growing need for the highest quality entry level pilots. Our plan in Australia is to grow the flight school and leverage the best practices in training we apply throughout the CAE Global Academy network,” he said.
The China Southern West Australian Flying College is the 11th location for the CAE Global Academy. The company also provides training in North America, Europe, Africa and Asia for more than 1800 cadets annually.