- Associated Press - Sunday, January 8, 2017

DOTHAN, Ala. (AP) - Construction for the new Army flight training facility has been completed at the Dothan Regional Airport.

CAE USA, the new Army fixed wing training contractor, announced the completion of the 75,000-square-foot facility this week, the Dothan Eagle (https://bit.ly/2iIoNaJ) reported. Construction of the facility began in April last year.

Training is expected to begin in March.

“The completion of our new Dothan Training Center ahead of schedule and less than nine months after groundbreaking is a major milestone,” said Ray Duquette, CAE USA president and general manager. “We are now in the final stages of preparing to welcome our first class of Army students.”

The training center will include classrooms, student and instructor lounges, a fitness center and cafeteria. The purpose is the train Fort Rucker flight students to fly the Army’s C-12 airplane used primarily for passenger and light cargo duties.

CAE says more than 600 Army and Air Force pilots are expected to train annually at the Dothan center.

Dothan will be the 161st operational site for the CAE, whose headquarters are located in Montreal, Canada. The fixed wing training contract was won by Tampa, Florida-based CAE USA, a subsidiary company, which employees about 1,000 workers.

Duquette said in April the facility will employ “a less than 100”.

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