A400M Flat Panel Flight Training Device operational
The A400M Flat Panel Flight Training Device has been in service at the Airbus Military International Training Centre in Seville since October, contributing to the training of air crew by allowing personnel to familiarise themselves with the A400M cockpit environment.
Designed and built by Thales, the Flat Panel Training Device represents the aircraft cockpit using a combination of simulated or actual aircraft hardware with high-quality interactive graphical panels displayed on LCD touch screens. The aircraft systems’ functionalities and procedures and flight laws are replicated by the trainer.
The Flat Panel Flight Training Device provides procedural training to flight crews as part of type certification, tactical training and mission rehearsal, during which the trainee is briefed about normal and abnormal procedures under a step-by-step flow, before carrying out the procedure in the real cockpit environment.
The device is designed to provide over-the-shoulder training in a classroom-style environment, with the layout optimised for instructors to be able to physically demonstrate or identify equipment or operator issues. Training can be self-driven by the student and lesson support material can be displayed on dedicated screens.
Thales has also designed and built an A400M Full Flight Simulator (FFS) for Airbus Military which received qualification for training in June 2013. Thales is manufacturing three further FFS for delivery to France, Germany and the UK MoD and a second Flat Panel Trainer for delivery to Germany.
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