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Friday, May 6, 2016

U.S. Navy Opens Training Center Aimed at Upping P-8 Maintenance Skills

Juliet Van Wagenen

The U.S. Navy's new P-8 maintenance training facility at Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Fla.
The U.S. Navy's new P-8 maintenance training facility at Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Fla. Photo: Boeing

[Avionics Today 05-06-2016] Boeing has equipped the U.S. Navy’s new P-8 Maintenance Training Facility with a suite of realistic, interactive training systems, in an effort to fully integrate the aircraft into the fleet. Based at Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Fla., the center allows the Navy to provide immersive training for those maintaining P-8A Poseidon aircraft around the world. The virtual maintenance training devices provide interactive, high-fidelity simulations based on actual mission systems software, while the hardware-based trainers are full-scale replicas of aircraft components.

Navy maintainers will learn more than 1,000 procedures using seven virtual maintenance trainers, 14 hardware-based devices and an ordnance load trainer. The realistic training aims to speed familiarity with the aircraft and its systems, enabling proficiency in preventive, corrective and diagnostic tasks.

Boeing was awarded a Navy contract in 2014 to provide the facility’s training equipment. The company has also designed and delivered P-8A aircrew training devices, electronic classrooms and courseware for the Navy’s Integrated Training Center, also at Naval Air Station Jacksonville.

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