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24th March 2001

    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. 

  Worth 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 training devises.

  “ 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. “

  As 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, a new Internet portal created specifically for the aviation training industry. ( Web Based Training, WBT )  

  “ 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.  

  At 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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