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INDUSTRY SPOTLIGHT Aviation CAE in Dallas, each operationally experienced and certified by the FAA in the aircraft for which they are instructing, and the students get the full benefit of a realistic flight experience with a seasoned coach by their side, pushing them to always be better. “Already we cover the full career of a pilot,” explained Leontidis. “We train young men and women from the start of their training, as cadets in one of our nine flight academies, all the way to becoming fullfledge airline, business jet or helicopter pilots in one of our training centers. We are proud of the fact that our solutions help make air travel safer.” Leontidis explained that an increased demand for training encouraged CAE to open an additional business aviation training facility east of D/FW International Airport, CAE Dallas East, late last year. “Last year, we celebrated 30 years in Dallas/Fort Worth with our flagship business aviation training centre, and we are proud to continue its success with the recent expansion of our training centre. "Our new Dallas East training facility expansion meets increased customer demand and better serves their needs. We have added three popular programs, the Gulfstream 450/550 and King Air 350 and Legacy to our Dallas training centre. Both centers offer customers an easy commute and an excellent experience in and out of the classroom,” he said. 28 www.ntc-dfw.org S haring North Texas ‘LUV’ with the World Have you been shown a little Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV) “luv” recently? Chances are you, whether you’re trying to get to a meeting or vacation, have flown the Dallas-based airline. Based on the U.S. Department of Transportation’s most recent data, Southwest Airlines is the nation’s largest carrier in terms of originating domestic passengers boarded. Southwest operates the largest fleet of Boeing aircraft in the world and annually trains the 8,000 pilots who take 100 million passengers to the skies. Training pilots in the Southwest tradition is of paramount importance to the airline – and for a company that focuses on people – its employees as well as its customers – it’s no surprise that the human component of aviation training is important. In 2015, Southwest completed the 2 1/2-year process of transitioning pilots from AirTran, the airline Southwest acquired in 2011, to the Texas carrier. Doing so is indoctrination not just into the details of the aircraft flying, but also into the culture for which the company is so well known. “The difference is the culture,” said Captain Randy Smith, senior director of Training, Standards & Procedures in Southwest’s Flight Operations. “Our management is very visible; we meet people at the door.” Smith explains that new hires to Southwest, including the pilots new to the airline from AirTran, undergo an indoctrination process that helps them understand the company’s unique culture from the inside out. FALL/WINTER 2015 Mor e tha n 14 ,000 pilot s des cend on N orth Texa s to tr ain a t CA E. New hires all have lunch with Gary Kelly, chairman of the board, president and CEO of Southwest Airlines. For the first three days of orientation, the new hire’s spouse is also invited to attend. There are deck parties, watching planes take off and land from Dallas Love Field, cook-outs, spontaneous cookie drops during the work day and more. The halls of the Southwest Training Center visually echo the history that has made the airline what it is today: employees are invited to contribute memorabilia from their own lives to add to the building’s walls, which includes everything from military uniforms to wedding photos to art and other artifacts – whatever they consider memorable and special. Southwest operates 10 simulators in the Training Center, utilizing the skills of 80 ins