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									                                                                                                                                              CASE STUDY




Simulators prepare
helicopter crews for
the real thing
Every time a Royal Australian
Navy Seahawk helicopter takes
off or lands on the deck of a Royal
Australian Navy frigate, its pilot
will have perfected the manoeuvre
in the flight simulator at the Royal
Australian Navy Simulator Complex
at HMAS Albatross, supported by                                                                                                CAE Training Centre Manager
                                                                                                                               Warren Seccombe at the Seahawk
CAE Australia.                                                                                                                 Simulator Instructor/Operator Station.




CAE is a world leader in simulation     other training facilities operational.    support to encourage businesses to        “People who come here to work for
and modelling technologies and          They are part of CAE’s Australian         come to the Shoalhaven. For a start,      CAE tend to stay.” He added that the
integrated training services for        workforce of more than 200 and            all levels of government – federal,       company had great optimism about
military purposes and civil aviation.   global workforce of more than 7500.       state and local council - are very        the future of defence industries in
It operates a simulator training                                                  keen to assist.”                          the Shoalhaven in general, and about
complex at HMAS Albatross with          CAE Australia is also a key member                                                  its own simulation operations in
state of the art full motion flight     of the Shoalhaven’s Defence Industry      Mr Seccombe said CAE came to the          particular.
and mission simulators that provide     Group, an alliance of around 20           Shoalhaven because it needed to
training for the RAN’s helicopter       organisations that have a common          be close to its customer, the RAN.        “Simulation offers a number of
aircrew and aircraft maintenance        interest in ensuring that defence-        However, he said the region had a         advantages, most notably cost
crews to ensure they are mission-       related industries continue to thrive     number of key attractions that had        advantages, that simply can’t
ready.                                  in the region.                            helped CAE recruit and retain quality     be ignored in today’s economic
                                                                                  staff.                                    environment,” he said. “The
The crews do much of their training     CAE’s Nowra Training Centre                                                         increased cost of fuel, environmental
in the flight simulators, working       Manager Warren Seccombe says the          “This is a beautiful part of Australia,   impacts and significant wear and
with qualified RAN instructors in the   Defence Industry Group is “like a big,    with a great coastal lifestyle and        tear on weapon systems all point
simulators to learn how to deal with    happy family” – a family he would like    moderate house prices – so people         to greater use of simulation and
a wide range of general operational     to see grow and prosper.                  can afford to live in some really great   synthetic training.”
and emergency situations. So when                                                 locations. People want to come here
they finally take control of the real   “We all know each other and get           to live and work,” he said.               He said CAE was always looking for
thing, the pilots have already made     together to support each other,” Mr                                                 new business opportunities.
countless “landings” on the pitching    Seccombe said                             As a result CAE has no problem
deck of an RAN frigate in heavy seas                                              recruiting suitably qualified technical   “The current Nowra operation is
or “hunted” submarines in combat        He said CAE was keen to increase the      staff for its Shoalhaven operation,       strictly military as we are focused
situations.                             defence capability of the region and      and staff turnover at the company’s       exclusively on supporting the Royal
                                        he had a simple message to other          Nowra operation was extremely low.        Australian Navy and helping ensure
CAE Australia has operated at           defence-related industries considering                                              their aircrews and maintenance
the Simulator Complex at HMAS           locating to the Shoalhaven: “Bring your   “CAE is a high tech company with an       personnel are well-trained, prepared
Albatross since 1999, and employs       business here”.                           excellent reputation, and it can be       and mission-ready. That being
approximately 20 people who provide                                               hard to find opportunities for a career   said, CAE is always looking for
maintenance and engineering             “This is a great place to live and        in a high tech company outside the        opportunities for both our military
services to keep the simulators and     work,” he said. “There is a lot of        major cities,” Mr Seccombe said.          and civil businesses in Australia.”



The Shoalhaven Defence Industry Group promotes defence industry capability to attract business, investment and jobs to the
region. This case study showcases one of the high tech defence companies already contributing to the Shoalhaven economy.




                                        Megan Cleary                                    Greg Pullen                             Warren Seccombe
                                        Business Development Manager                    Economic Development Manager            Defence Committee
                                        NSW Trade & Investment                          Shoalhaven City Council                 Shoalhaven Business Chamber
                                        P: +61 2 4421 1000                              P: +61 2 4429 3388                      P: 0400 123 744
                                        E: megan.cleary@business.nsw.gov.au             E: pullen@shoalhaven.nsw.gov.au         E: info@shoalhavenbusiness.com.au


                                              www.shoalhavendefence.com.au

								
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