The Bell Helicopter and Boeing V-22 team recently delivered two MV-22 Osprey flight training simulators to the HMX-1 Presidential Air Lift Squadron, providing Marine aviators with the ability to more efficiently train for their "critical and highly visible transport mission," Boeing said. With the simulators installed at the squadron's headquarters in Quantico, Va., aircrews rehearse missions without having to fly their tilt rotor aircraft. That leads to a reduction in fuel use and airframe deterioration on the V-22s.
Soldiers headed toward the V-22. Photo, courtesy of Boeing.
“Like all Marine Corps MV-22B squadrons, HMX-1 utilizes training devices to replicate the flight environment for training purposes,” said Marine Capt. Dustin A. Pratico. “These devices allow aviators to hone their skills by practicing standard flight maneuvers and procedures with an operating cost much lower than that of actual aircraft.”
Bell Boeing is also upgrading the Marine Corps' maintenance training devices to mirror the latest configuration on the actual V-22.
“HMX-1 Marine pilots have a very important mission, and this state-of-the-art training device supports the development of skills and knowledge needed to operate the MV-22 Osprey safely and effectively,” said Randy Deidrick, director of Boeing’s Tactical Training Systems.