Ryan Aerospace Australia has been awarded a contract to supply more than 30 HELIMOD Mark III helicopter simulators for the US Army at Fort Rucker, Alabama – the world’s largest helicopter training facility.
The contract is part of the Army’s “Aviator Training Next” or “ATN” Program, a new way to provide helicopter pilot training during the primary phase using the latest in virtual reality (VR) technology and high-end, commercially available helicopter simulator equipment.
Managing Director of Ryan Aerospace, Chris Ryan said he was “delighted to partner with the US Army and prime contractor SAIC to work on this ground-breaking project."
The system is supported by an after-action review software package that automatically assesses, grades and logs the student’s performance.
A dedicated team based at West Point will be conducting a thorough research project to objectively assess the outcomes of the project and report back on ways to improve it. The experiment will run until mid-2020, when the US Army will decide if this is a valid means of training.
All 31 systems have been delivered and installed ahead of schedule and the US Army Aviators have commenced the experimental training.
Ryan Aerospace (Australia) has been working with Precision Flight Controls (PFC) based in Sacramento to support the project.
This contract has helped win Ryan Aerospace a Queensland Premier’s Export Award and made them finalists in the upcoming National Awards.