Reading, PA– October 3, 2012 – In a formal handover event attended by The Honorable Theodore Sedgwick, Ambassador of the United States to Slovakia and dignitaries of the Slovakian Government and Slovakian Air Force, Pennsylvania-based Fidelity Technologies Corporation completed factory acceptance testing of the G222 (C-27A) Fuselage Load Trainer (FLT) used in support of training the Afghan National Army Air Corps (ANAAC). Fidelity worked in partnership with Virtual Reality Media a.s. and Aeronautical Systems Engineering Inc., with Letecké opravovne Trenčín a.s. (LOTN) for the US Army Program Executive Office Simulation Training and Instrumentation (PEO STRI).
The momentous ceremony represents the culmination of two years of highly collaborative work between the companies from the United States and Slovakia with US Army supervision. The FLT represents the last device in a multi-platform training systems contract in support of training the Afghan forces as part of the NATO International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) efforts. The training systems/simulation package consists of two MI-17v5 Flight Training Devices (FTD), MI-17v5 Basic Aircraft Training Device (BATD), MI-17 Cockpit Procedures Trainer (CPT), G222 (C-27A) FTD and G222 (C-27A) BATD.
The FLT is a highly advanced training device combining a hands-on reconfigurable training platform with simulation tools. Capable of replicating aircraft configurations for troop transportation, ambulatory and medical evacuation, as well as cargo logistics operations, the FLT provides a one-of-a-kind training experience for aircrews and load masters. The team, led by Fidelity, refurbished the government provided fuselage which included repairing the hydraulic and electrical systems, fabricating and installing the cargo handling systems and replicating the aircrew and load master positions while adding touch screen computer systems and tablets for virtual checklists and reference documents. Load master instructors remain on-site to monitor and manage students as they master the skills necessary to operationally configure the G222 aircraft to perform its mission.
Chuck Williamson, General Manager Fidelity Simulation and Training commented at the event, “This simulator represents a state-of-the-art device creating a training environment that exceeds those currently fielded for other aircraft types and is far superior to any other G222/C-27 load trainer. The delivery of these MI-17 and G222 training devices are instrumental in supporting the Afghan people in transitioning the country to peace and stability through a well trained military. Fidelity appreciates the support of the US Army and the collaborative efforts of our industrial partners for making this project highly successful.”