FlightSafety to Build US Marine Corps Helo Trainers in Okinawa, Japan

By Dan Parsons | November 2, 2018
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FlightSafety AH-1Z, UH- 1Y training devices

FlightSafety International has been selected by the U.S. Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division to design and manufacture flight training devices for the AH-1Z and the UH-1Y.

The devices will be installed at the Marine Air Corps Station Futenma in Okinawa, Japan, the company said Nov. 2.


The simulators will feature FlightSafety’s VITAL 1100 image generators, a dome visual display with 270- by 80-degree field of view (plus-30 degrees up and minus-50 degrees down).

The devices will also feature Microsoft Windows 10, advanced cybersecurity, daily operational readiness test software as well as other computational system upgrades.

FlightSafety also will modify four existing AH-lZ and UH-IY Flight Training Devices located at Camp Pendleton Marine Corps Base in California. Those modifications include a new aft-entry area, instructor operating system position and design, a visual display dome and visual turret structure, as well as an expanded vertical field of view and six-axis degrees of freedom secondary motion system.

FlightSafety has its hand in several other training and support programs with the U.S. military, including the KC-46 aerial refueling tanker aircrew training system, training systems and contractor logistics support for the KC-10, the T-38 Talon training system and contractor logistics support, T-1 Jayhawk contractor logistics support, the T-6A Texan II joint primary aircraft training system and T­IA avionics modernization program.

FlightSafety’s more than 2,000 instructors provide more than 1.4 million hours of training each year to pilots, technicians and other aviation professionals from 167 countries and independent territories, according to company information.

It operates the world’s largest fleet of advanced full-flight simulators at learning centers and training locations in the U.S., Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Hong Kong, India, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, South Africa and the U.K.

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