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Thursday, June 25, 2015

Boeing Completes C-17 Training Network Build Out

Juliet Van Wagenen

C-17 training at Altus Air Force Base, Okla.
C-17 training at Altus Air Force Base, Okla. Photo: Boeing

[Avionics Today 06-25-2015] Boeing has delivered the 28th C-17 Globemaster III aircrew training simulator to the U.S. Air Force, completing the services’ goal of a national system for C-17 training. Boeing completed the first of these centers in 1992 at Charleston Air Force Base, Charleston, S.C., including one aircrew simulator during the program’s beginnings. Since then, the company and Air Force have established these facilities in 14 U.S. locations and three international locations. The final aircrew simulator has been delivered at Shepherd Field Air National Guard Base, Martinsburg, W.Va.

“Receiving our simulator avoids sending our local crews on temporary duty at other bases around the country to keep up their flying certifications,” said Lt. Col. John Poland.

The 14 Boeing-built training centers offer pilot and co-pilot instruction in flight operations, mission planning and emergency procedures through computer-based training, advanced aircraft simulation and other desktop training devices. C-17 loadmasters also receive computer-based and aircraft training in addition to training on the loadmaster station, cargo loading models and cargo compartment trainer.

Additionally, maintenance personnel can use the centers for training on engine run procedures. The system can link with the companion C-17 trainers and other training systems across the Air Force for multisite simulations and cross-mission training.

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