News: Fleet Logistics Support Squadron celebrates opening of newly overhauled simulator
NAS FORT WORTH JRB, Texas – Fleet Logistics Support Squadron unveiled their recently overhauled KC-130T flight simulator at a ribbon cutting ceremony on board NAS Fort Worth JRB, Texas, July 27.
AVT Simulation partnered with Daedalus Technologies Inc., Aechelon Technology Inc., Q4 Services, and LB&B Associates to upgrade the KC-130 aircrew procedures trainer.
“We upgraded the visual systems which included the image generator from Aechelon, the mylar mirror back projection screen and structure from Q4, the LED projectors, the reflective memory was upgraded by Daedalus, and AVT upgraded the software required to integrate and led the integration effort,” said Steve Lynch, AVT Simulation project engineer.
Before the upgrades the simulator’s visual systems could only be used by experienced pilots and crew.
“The viewpoint was only set up for one person so aircrew could not train as a team,” said Mark Van Minsel, the contracting officer’s representative and facility manager for the flight simulators. “Now with the new visual system we can train initial students as well as aircrew teams and send them off to the next phase of training in the motion simulator.”
The motion simulator is currently used for 16 hours every day at the end of which it goes into a maintenance phase until it is used again in the morning. With the addition of a new simulator the hours for contractors, staff and students will be greatly normalized.
“It is just priceless to have a backup device,” said Mike Bosson, TSM Corporation Site lead for Aircrew Training. “It will save the Navy money since in the past when the motion simulator broke down the aircrew, contractors and instructors would have to fly out to Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in New Jersey to train on another C-130 simulator.”
Cutting the ribbon was Gerard Veshosky, AVT project engineer, Mrs. Hillary Friedman, KC-130 training system program manager, and Capt. John Gorman, incoming commander, Fleet Logistics Support Wing.
Fleet Logistics Support Wing was established to operate Navy unique fleet essential airlift aircraft on a worldwide basis. Its mission provides responsive, flexible, and rapid deployable air logistics support and represents 100 percent of the Navy’s intra-theater air logistics capability.
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