Flight School XXI Students Surpass 200,000 Hours in L-3 Link Simulators

Contact: Rick Oyler | Manager, Communications | L-3 Link Simulation & Training | 817-619-3536

ARLINGTON, Texas, October 1, 2014 – L-3 Link Simulation & Training (L-3 Link) announced today that Operational Flight Trainers (OFTs) and Reconfigurable Collective Training Devices (RCTDs) it owns and operates in support of the U.S. Army’s Flight School XXI program have surpassed 200,000 hours of aircrew training.

Flight School XXI, recognized as the largest helicopter simulation training program in the world, is managed and operated by CSC. L-3 Link is the largest supplier of flight simulators to the program, having provided a total of 17 OFTs and 18 RCTDs.

“Since 2005, when an initial five Reconfigurable Collective Training Devices received accreditation, these and subsequent L-3 Link-supplied simulators have been used to help Army aviators sharpen their individual and tactical skills,” said Gary Coleman, L-3 Link’s vice president for Army programs. “The 35 training devices we have provided to Flight School XXI are operating at 99.5 percent availability and are helping the Army achieve its objective to produce aviators that are ready to conduct unit-level missions once deployed.”

L-3 Link-supplied OFTs, which enable aircrews to develop basic flying skills and learn how to fly specific rotary-wing aircraft, simulate platforms including the UH-60A/L/M, CH-47D/F and OH-58D. L-3 Link’s RCTDs, which can be reconfigured to simulate UH-60 A/L, CH-47D, AH-64D and OH-58D rotary-wing aircraft, are used to train multiple crews and leaders in collective exercise scenarios. All OFTs are housed at Flight School XXI’s Warrior Hall in Daleville, Ala., and the RCTDs are installed at the Army’s Aviation Warfighting Simulation Center in Fort Rucker, Ala.

Flight School XXI annually trains 1,200 new student pilots, who have no previous flight experience, to become combat mission aviators. In addition, each year, 1,600 rated Army aviators undergo training that enables them to operate a new aircraft platform.

L-3 Link Simulation & Training is a world leader in providing intelligent total training solutions for operators and maintainers across a wide range of military, civil and commercial platforms. L-3 Link’s innovative solutions provide a full spectrum of state-of-the-art training technologies, including high-fidelity immersive simulations, as well as distributed academic and interactive courseware. The company has delivered military, civil and commercial training systems to customer locations throughout North America, Europe, Asia, Africa, the Middle East and the Pacific Rim. L-3 Link is headquartered in Arlington, Texas, with key bases of operation in Binghamton, N.Y.; Orlando, Fla.; Oklahoma City, Okla.; Broken Arrow, Okla.; and Crawley, U.K. For more information, please visit the company’s website at www.link.com.

Headquartered in New York City, L-3 employs approximately 48,000 people worldwide and is a prime contractor in aerospace systems and national security solutions. L-3 is also a leading provider of a broad range of communication and electronic systems and products used on military and commercial platforms. The company reported 2013 sales of $12.6 billion. To learn more about L-3, please visit the company’s website at www.L-3com.com.

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