Bell-Boeing has delivered two MV-22 Osprey flight training simulators to the United States Marine Corps HMX-1 Presidential Airlift Squadron. The flight simulator will make the training program more efficient, as the system can create missions without having to fly the actual aircraft.
This will save money on fuel, and keeps the mileage down on the MV-22. “Like all Marine Corps MV-22B squadrons, HMX-1 utilizes training devices to replicate the flight environment for training purposes,” said Marine Capt. Dustin A. Pratico. “These devices allow aviators to hone their skills by practicing standard flight maneuvers and procedures with an operating cost much lower than that of actual aircraft.” The maintenance training devices they use have been upgraded as well. Specifics of this include electronic, power plant, and emergency egress systems. This will make it resemble the latest configuration of the actual aircraft. This new training program will better prepare Marines for their mission, which are of the highest importance. “HMX-1 Marine pilots have a very important mission, and this state-of-the-art training device supports the development of skills and knowledge needed to operate the MV-22 Osprey safely and effectively,” said Randy Deidrick, Director of Boeing’s Tactical Training Systems. The MV-22 Osprey is quite unique. It has the ability to act as a helicopter and an airplane. It’s able to carry twenty-four USMC troops twice as fast and five times farther than previous models of helicopters. Its maneuverability combined with its speed and range give it a much greater advantage over enemies. Experienced pilots noticed how great it was almost instantaneously. During one of its first missions, a top Marine commander praised its ability: “It turned [my] battle space from the size of Texas into the size of Rhode Island." Some features of the MV-22 include:
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