Vermont-based Beta Technologies has selected CAE to develop a pilot and maintenance technician training program for its Alia eVTOL aircraft, the companies announced this week.
It’s a significant win for CAE, a global aviation simulation provider that has actively targeted the advanced air mobility market. CAE recently announced a partnership with Volocopter to develop a pilot training program for its eVTOL multicopters, and also has a relationship with Jaunt Air Mobility.
Under CAE’s agreement with Beta, the companies will work together to develop “a full suite of innovative, digitally integrated curriculum and courseware solutions” from the ground up, according to a press release.
“Flying and maintaining electric aircraft requires an understanding of electric systems and flight dynamics that are new to aviation,” stated Beta founder and CEO Kyle Clark. “Our team is thrilled to be bringing in CAE’s expertise into the fold as we work hand in hand to teach the next generation of pilots and mechanics the unique aspects of flying and maintaining electric aircraft.”
Nick Leontidis, CAE’s group president for Civil Aviation Training Solutions, said that CAE is “committed to supporting the continuing needs of Beta and its operators throughout the lifecycle of the program. This marks the first step to what we believe will be a long-term partnership with Beta, and another example of our commitment to future aviation technologies and sustainability.”
Beta is working toward Federal Aviation Administration certification of the fully electric Alia in 2024. The company has announced several launch customers for the aircraft, including United Therapeutics, UPS, and Blade. Beta also has contracts with the U.S. Air Force through the service’s Agility Prime program to accelerate commercialization of eVTOL aircraft.
The company said it has logged hundreds of hours of crewed full-scale flight testing, including a recent flight of more than 200 miles in airplane mode. After conducting extensive flight testing in a conventional take-off and landing configuration, Alia recently resumed hover testing on its way to full transitions between hovering and wing-borne flight.