Why Use A Simulator To Train Air Crews?

No. 24 Squadron Operational Conversion Unit at RAF Brize Norton is the home of training for the crews of the C-130 Hercules and A400M aircraft, alongside C-17 maintenance training.

Here, in the centenary year for the Royal Air Force, RAF100, Forces Radio BFBS takes a look at some of the most cutting edge technology for synthetic and simulator based training.

 
24 Sqn Simulators RAF Brize Norton

No. 24 Sqn at RAF Brize Norton is the home of training for the crews of the C-130 Hercules and A400M aircraft, alongside C-17 maintenance training. It houses some of the most cutting edge technology for synthetic and simulator based training. 

Posted by BFBS Brize Norton on Wednesday, 24 May 2017

The Simulators are what's known as 'zero flight time' which means they are completely realistic and can train a pilot to full competency without them having ever flown a live aircraft.

The computer that controls the simulator has enormous processing power. The visual database alone is 54TB. 

Squadron Leader Mike Hadley told Forces Radio BFBS: "It's fantastically beneficial to train crews in the simulator to the standard we need. It is much more cost effective to use the simulator over live aircraft because they are so realistic.

 

"We can't set engines on fire for real in the air, but we can in the simulator. We can train for many different eventualities so that if something does happen, the crew know what to do."

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