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DENVER-Toronto-based CAE Inc. has begun constructing a $50-million pilot training center in Gateway Park near Denver International Airport. The facility will be launched as a six-bay center and will be located on a four-acre site on Airport Way, about nine miles south of DIA.

Its anchor tenants will be Air Wisconsin and Frontier Airlines. Frontier pilots are expected to begin training on an Airbus A320 full flight simulator in June 2002, and Air Wisconsin pilots will start training on Bombardier CRJ 200/700 simulators in August 2002.

CAE’s aviation training center will offer modern classrooms and briefing rooms as well as leading-edge concepts in courseware featuring the CAE ”Simfinity” training concept. The six-bay facility will be able to accommodate additional simulators for increased training options to its anchor tenants and to other airlines in the region.

“We are proud to begin construction of our Denver aviation training center,” says CAEs executive vice president Bob van Balen. “We remain confident that the demand for high quality flight crew training will continue to grow as the airline industry makes its inevitable recovery.”

Denver Mayor Wellington E. Webb sees the groundbreaking as another positive sign of Denver’s economic strength.

“The Denver International Airport corridor is becoming the economic generator that we knew it was going to become,” Webb says. He adds that he welcomes CAE, another ”world class company,” to DIA.

This is the second aviation center in the Denver area. United Airlines trains each of its 11,000 pilots and 5,000 non-United pilots on 44 simulators at the former Stapleton International Airport.

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