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I/ITSEC: First US Army UH-72A flight simulator ready for training

4th December 2014 - 12:04 GMT | by Beth Maundrill, The Shephard News Team in Orlando

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The US Army accepted the first UH-72A flight training device (FTD) on 2 December it has been revealed at I/ITSEC in Orlando. 

The UH-72A FTD is to be located at the US Army's Aviation Center of Excellence (USAACE) at Fort Rucker, Alabama. This is the First UH-72A Lakota simulator to be located at Fort Rucker. 

Currently CAE is building a second UH-72A FTD, deliveries are due to take place during the summer of 2015. 

‘We are honoured to support the army’s UH-72A Lakota flight training that will take place at Fort Rucker, and particularly pleased we were able to deliver early on an aggressive delivery schedule,’ said Ray Duquette, president and general manager, CAE USA.  

‘From contract award to acceptance into service, we delivered this simulator in less than six months and almost three months ahead of schedule.  This will help the army meet a critical training need, and allow the army to efficiently and cost-effectively begin balancing live and synthetic training for its new UH-72A primary helicopter trainer.’

CAE designed the flight simulator under a subcontract to Airbus Defence and Space, the FTD is a Federal Aviation Administration Level 6-capable FTD that features an aircraft-specific cockpit with the fidelity and performance of a full-flight simulator without the motion.

The FTD features a motion/vibration seat and wide 200 by 70 degree FOV display system which is driven by the CAE Medallion-6000 image generator, which was launched at I/ITSEC. 

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