New E-3 Flight Crew Training Facility Dedicated
Contact: Rick Oyler | L-3 Link Simulation & Training | 817-619-3536
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK, June 27, 2002 - Link Simulation and Training, a division of L-3 Communications (NYSE:LLL), today joined officials from Tinker Air Force Base (AFB) in dedicating a new 32,000-square foot facility designed to train flight crews that operate E-3 Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) aircraft.
The facility, owned and operated by Link, is located in Oklahoma City, OK on a 2.8 acre site. Link, which has been the prime contractor for E-3 flight crew training since 1993, currently is operating the program under a $158 million contract awarded in 1999 that could extend through 2014.
Effective E-3 flight crew training has been key to maintaining mission readiness, as U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Ben Robinson, commander of the 552nd Air Control Wing at Tinker AFB, points out.
"Over the 25 years of AWACS operations, the single most important thing to this wing's safety record and ability to accomplish the mission worldwide has been our outstanding training program," said Brig. Gen. Robinson. "This new training facility will help ensure AWACS's success and combat excellence continues well into the future."
David Williams, Link Simulation and Training's vice president of training services, said this transition also represents an evolution within the E-3 Flight Crew Training program.
"The E-3 Flight Crew Training program has been redesigned from top to bottom," Williams said. "As an example, E-3 flight crews will be able to accomplish all of their training within the new simulators installed in this facility. This will eliminate the need for flight crews to fly, and for the Air Force to maintain, TC-18 training aircraft that crews have had to fly before transitioning to the operation of an E-3 AWACS."
The increased instructional capabilities of the new simulation devices, Williams also notes, has called for a redesign and reallocation of training tasks throughout the program.
Link has installed two new E-3 AWACS operational flight trainers in the facility that will enable flight crews -- consisting of a pilot, co-pilot, and flight engineer -- to practice takeoffs, landings, aerial refueling and emergency procedures. The operational flight trainers provide a high fidelity simulated cockpit, a six-degree-of-freedom motion system that replicates the aircraft's flight attitudes, and out-the-window computer generated imagery projected across a 225° horizontal by 50° vertical visual system display.
In advance of training on E-3 AWACS operational flight trainers, aircrews will gain instruction on a newly installed flight crew training device. The E-3 AWACS flight training device, which lacks a motion or visual system, is a highly realistic cockpit replica that will enable aircrews to receive instruction in essential elements of cockpit resource management and crew coordination.
To support the redesign and reallocation of other training tasks throughout the program, Link is revising and producing new instructional courseware that will be delivered via computer and paper-based materials. Link also is providing student instruction, performing logistics and maintenance services and ensuring that training materials and equipment remain concurrent with changes to the aircraft.
For the past 25 years, E-3 AWACS aircraft and its flight crew training program have been co-located within the 552nd Air Control Wing at Tinker AFB. During its quarter century of service the E-3 AWACS has become renown for its ability to simultaneously track and communicate the location of both friend and foe aircraft to other U.S. and allied pilots and major command centers.
Link Simulation & Training is a systems integration organization that specializes in delivering and supporting training systems and equipment that enhance operational proficiency. Link's full range of services include conducting front end analysis, program design, course development and production, interactive distance learning, simulator design and production, training implementation, training evaluation, training management and field support. Link has its headquarters operation in Arlington, Tex. and other major bases of operation in Kirkwood, NY, Orlando, Fla., and Broken Arrow, Okla.
Headquartered in New York City, L-3 Communications is a leading merchant supplier of secure communications systems and products, avionics and ocean products, training products, microwave components and telemetry, instrumentation, space and wireless products. Its customers include the Department of Defense, selected U.S. government intelligence agencies, aerospace prime contractors and commercial telecommunications and cellular customers. To learn more about L-3 Communications, please visit the company’s web site at www.L-3Com.com.
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