C-17 training network complete with final delivery to U.S. Air ForceNews
June 23, 2015
ST. LOUIS. The U.S. Air Force received the 28th C-17 Globemaster III aircrew simulator at Shepherd Field Air National Guard Base in Martinsburg, W. Va. With Boeing delivering this final training simulator, the U.S. Air Force completes their goal of having a national system for C-17 training.
“Receiving our simulator avoids sending our local crews on temporary duty at other bases around the country to keep up their flying certifications,” says Lt. Col. John Poland. “Boeing’s simulator enables greater training efficiency while reducing aircraft operating costs and increasing the readiness of our servicemen and servicewomen.”
The C-17 Globemaster III aircrew simulator center offers training for pilot and co-pilot in-flight operation instruction, mission planning, and emergency procedures. C-17 loadmasters receive computer-based and aircraft training. They also receive training on the loadmaster station, cargo loading models, and cargo compartment trainer.
Maintenance personnel can use the centers for training on engine run procedures. The system is capable of linking with other training systems across the Air Force for a multisite simulations and cross-mission training.
The first of these centers was completed in 1992 at Charleston Air Force Base, Charleston, S.C. Since then, these facilities exist in 14 U.S. locations and three international locations.