New flight simulator

STATE Member for Ipswich West, Wayne Wendt happily inspected the new C-17 Heavy Airlifter Simulator which was recently commissioned at RAAF Base Amberley.

The Simulator is the centerpiece of the C-17 Training System.

The complete system includes a Maintenance Trainer to be delivered in 2010 and a Cargo Compartment Trainer to be delivered in 2013.

Australia is the only foreign C-17 operator to own a Simulator. The other 20 Simulators are owned and operated by the United States Air Force.

“This is a very impressive piece of equipment, and a most important step forward in providing C-17 aircrew training right here at Amberley, instead of them having to travel all the way to the United States,” Mr Wendt said.

Federal Member for Blair, Shayne Neumann said the C-17 simulator would provide training outcomes which greatly enhanced the support to Australian Defence Force operations and humanitarian relief efforts.

The Simulator is a replica of the C-17 cockpit and provides realistic training conditions for all C-17 missions. Operational conditions can be generated at a wide variety of airfields in Australia and overseas.

The Boeing Company built the Simulator in the US and installed it in the purpose-built facility at RAAF Base Amberley.


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