Established in 2012, CAE Brunei MPTC is a partnership between CAE and the Brunei government. CAE is a global leader in simulation and training for civil aviation, defence and healthcare. The multinational company employs approximately 8,000 people at more than 160 sites and training locations in approximately 35 countries. Since its inception, CAE Brunei MPTC has helped the country develop a high-technology, knowledge-based industry and provided high-quality job opportunities to locals. It also provides unique services such as medical emergency training.
CAE Brunei MPTC’s founding principles are aligned to the nation’s Wawasan 2035. It creates high-quality and high technology employment opportunities for graduates and retired military personnel. The training centre also acts as a knowledge transfer hub that builds up skills of Brunei’s workforce. It develops subject matter experts (SMEs) in a number of different areas, including information technology (IT), simulation technologies and facility operations.
Through the MPTC, Brunei has created a regional centre of excellence to be used by countries in Asia and the Middle East. Fundamental to the success of defence and civil aviation segments are safety, mission readiness and efficiency. The MPTC enhances its customers safety and operational efficiency in mission-critical environments through the use of the world’s best simulation-based training systems.
According to Kevin Speed, General Manager of the CAE Brunei MPTC, aviation safety is the main focus of the CAE Brunei MPTC, and they take certifications and adherence to regulations very seriously.
“The CAE Brunei MPTC’s S-92 helicopter simulator was initially qualified by the European Aviation Safety Authority (EASA) as a certified simulator and the users were required to have their own Aircrew Training Organisation (ATO) approvals to certify the training. Now, the CAE Brunei MPTC is its own ATO. The step towards EASA certification was challenging, especially for a new operator, but with CAE’s global expertise, it was able to provide approved procedures and impart training to Brunei personnel. In addition to EASA and Brunei Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) approvals, the MPTC has also been validated by other civil aviation authorities such as CASA (Australia), DCA Malaysia and CAAC China.”
Brunei is now home to one of the world’s most capable, commercially available, Black Hawk simulators and training programme. The S-70i Black Hawk training programme is the MPTC’s latest training programme to be approved, which include extensive ground school training, initial pilot training, recurrent emergency training and mission training.
The training programme and simulator at the CAE Brunei MPTC is configured exactly as the Royal Brunei Air Force’s S-70i, and it greatly enhances RBAF’s flight safety programmes and mission readiness. CAE Brunei MPTC’s S-70i is also capable of providing training for night vision goggle, shipboard landings, mountain flying, search and rescue and other advanced missions.
S-70i Black Hawk operators from around the world have expressed an interest in training in Brunei at the CAE Brunei MPTC. Several customers’ visits from third party nations are being planned and are in final negotiations.
“The CAE Brunei MPTC has a promising future as it expands its capabilities and continues to attract new international customers,” said Kevin. The centre’s main challenge in its future development plans is to continue to define opportunities and create high-technology “niche” markets that will attract international customers to train in Brunei. The MPTC sees unique market opportunities to become a regional leader in Emergency Management and Humanitarian Support training, helicopter, transport aircraft training as well as healthcare training. It is estimated that over 1.2 million additional pilots and technicians will be required in the next 20 years as commercial and military aviation in Asia is expanding like no other time in history.
The CAE Brunei MPTC’s S-92 helicopter training client list is growing substantially as oil prices rebound and more S-92 aircraft are added to the region. In addition to Brunei, MPTC currently has multiple operators from Australia, China, and key operators from New Zealand and Malaysia will begin training at the facility in 2017. “Additionally, we are in discussions with significant customers from Middle East and Thailand to train in Brunei. We are in final negotiations with multiple S-70i Black Hawk customers from around the world,” Kevin said. With Brunei’s international relationships, today’s world-wide connectivity and its niche capabilities, the MPTC sees the world as its target market.
1. A comprehensive facility designed to be an aviation training centre of excellence with classrooms, briefing rooms, study areas, student lounges, and reception services that address all the needs of a visiting aircrew.
2. Access to the latest simulator technology and the highest fidelity simulations, with helicopter simulators capable of landing on oil rigs and performing search and rescue operations.
3. Excellent central location from all parts of Asia.
4. Low travel, accommodation and living cost.
According to Kevin, the MPTC has planned expansion to the existing facility for three additional simulators that are being defined to meet unfilled market needs in helicopter, civilian aviation and military transport. The centre’s unique training environment has also attracted local organisations such as the Ministry of Finance, polytechnics, embassies, high commissions and NGOs to utilise the MPTC facilities for their training functions.
The key focus of Canada-Brunei relations is in trade and investment, and this relation has included commerce across a number of sectors and Canadian firms are working in defence and security, information and communication technologies and in the growing Halal pharmaceutical industry. Brunei also continues to be a potential market for Canadian companies in the oil and gas, clean technologies, agriculture and agri-food, aerospace and education sectors.
“Brunei is well-positioned to benefit from joint- venture opportunities with Canadian businesses looking for establishing a regional headquarters for the Southeast Asia market, using the CAE Brunei MPTC as an example. Multiple Canadian companies in high-tech areas such as air traffic control and oil and gas training have reached out to the CAE Brunei MPTC to look to leverage the MPTC’s success, infrastructure, regional relations and central locations,” added Kevin.
Healthcare Training Solutions
CAE is also a world leader in healthcare training solutions with a wide range of patient simulators, interventional simulators, ultra sound simulators and healthcare training courseware. CAE’s patient simulators practise rapid response and teamwork in high-stakes environments. Its mission is to improve healthcare education and patient safety.
It designs and builds products for patient simulation, surgical simulation, ultrasound simulation and clinical simulation management. Its adjunct faculty and clinicians develop medical simulation scenarios for medicine, nursing, health sciences, hospital systems and the military.
Its commitment to quality, lean manufacturing and world-class customer service is unmatched, allowing it to deliver innovative healthcare simulation training products and solutions to their customers in more than 60 countries.
“The CAE Brunei MPTC has signed a memorandum of understanding with JPMC to support our common goals in meetings Brunei’s basic life-saving courses. The MPTC is also in active discussions with the Ministry of Health to provide healthcare training such as Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), Advanced Life Support and Disaster Medical Readiness. This will form the foundation for Brunei healthcare courses that will be available to support Asean healthcare training,” Kevin concluded.
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