New USAF C-17 Training System facility opens
L-3 Link Simulation & Training (L-3 Link) has opened a new C-17 Training System (TS) site at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (WPAFB) in the US. The facility will enable the company to provide annual refresher and currency training to over 120 US Air Force (USAF) Reserve C-17 crewmembers assigned to the 445th Airlift Wing, 89th Airlift Squadron at WPAFB.
L-3 Link is prime contractor for the USAF’s C-17 TS programme. Refresher and currency training for pilots and loadmasters includes classroom and computer-based settings, as well as hands-on operations training in both a C-17 Weapon Systems Trainer and C-17 Loadmaster Station Trainer.
Lenny Genna, president, L-3 Link, said: ‘By standing up this new C-17 TS facility, aircrews based at WPAFB will no longer need to travel to other installations to gain instruction or complete simulator currency events. This on-base training capability allows the USAF to experience considerable travel cost savings and provides local crewmembers and commanders ready access to the sophisticated training devices L-3 Link will maintain and operate at this new location.’
Col. Stephen D. Goeman, 445th Airlift Wing commander, added: ‘We are excited to have the opportunity to train our aircrews locally. Having a simulator at Wright-Patterson will result in a significant savings in travel cost, as well as provide more training for our aircrews.’
The C-17 TS is the largest aircrew training system within the USAF’s Air Mobility Command, spanning both aircrew and maintenance training conducted at 11 installations in the US and one at Royal Australian Air Force Base Amberley, Australia.
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