WICAT Systems, Inc, based in
Provo Utah, recently announced that they have been awarded a contract
to develop and deliver a large number of computer-based training (CBT)
courses for use in Saudi Arabian Airlines’ (Saudia’s) new
state-of-the-art training center. The award calls for WICAT to develop
and deliver CBT courses for flight crew transition, recurrent, and
refresher training as well as courses for safety procedures and
dispatcher training. All of these courses will then be delivered on a
network of in excess of 200 CBT optimized workstations together with
the necessary network and cabling infrastructure for the new building.
in excess of $ 6.6 million, Wicat’s contract is the largest single
contract ever awarded to them in their 15+year history.
WICAT will deliver the CBT products and services as part of a much larger
contract agreement between Saudia and Thomson Training and Simulation
(TTS) of France to
supply flight training solutions for Saudia’s new fleet expansion
program. This TTS contract, worth in excess of $ 85 million – their
largest ever for civil aviation training equipment, covers 5 new
high-level simulators, updates to existing simulators and 3 Flight
The evaluation process was long, thorough and very comprehensive. In
the end, it came down to quality, innovation and trust, “ according
to Mick Gordon, Wicat’s agent for the Middle East.
“ WICAT have been innovators and pioneers in the production
of aviation CBT since their inception. We have the most comprehensive
range of off-the-shelf aviation CBT in the industry, and a solid
reputation with the world’s biggest airline training centers for
reliability and quality. We also have a very compelling story to tell
as to our initiatives within the developing field of e training, which
also seemed to be very important to the Saudia team. “
part of the contract, WICAT will develop and deliver new flight
training courses for the Boeing 747-400 and Boeing 747-300.
Additionally, WICAT will deliver customized versions of some of its
off-the-shelf products and provide some customization services for
flight CBT already in use at Saudia.
Eighteen months ago we installed $3 million worth of equipment for the
Saudia Maintenance training center which now provides CBT maintenance
training courses as to all of the aircraft types within Saudia’s
fleet,” said Mick Gordon. “ We are now delighted to be addressing
Saudia’s ‘Operations Training’ requirements in such a big way.
After this implementation has been completed, Saudia will have one of
the most sophisticated and comprehensive commercial aviation training
facilities in the world. “
WICAT also recently launched Wicat.com, a new Internet portal created
specifically for the aviation training industry. ( Web Based Training,
e-training is a very strategically important and exciting part of
Wicat’s business model.” continued Mick Gordon. “Being able to
provide the best-of-class aviation training content over the web is
definitely where a large part of Wicat’s future lies. It basically
means that our valued customers will be able to interface with their
own specific training courses from anywhere in the world at any time.
A very interesting prospect for international airlines, given the
tendency of so many of them to have training centers in many different
geographical locations, across many different time zones. WBT enables
training to be scheduled, conducted, monitored and reported from
anywhere there is an Internet connection.
present we believe we are the e-training pioneers within the aviation
training industry, with a substantial lead over our competitors. We
are very keenly poised to take advantage of this emerging commercial
space as standards consolidate and the required infrastructures are
put into position. “
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