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Survitec Pilot Fit Facility reaches milestone

17th July 2019 - 14:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Survitec’s work on the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) programme has reached a new milestone, with the 1000th pilot fitted out using the Pilot Fit Facility (PFF) introduced specifically to support F-35 Pilot Flight Equipment.

Each F-35 pilot undergoes an extensive fitting process with the PFF, which uses anthropometric data to ensure all equipment and clothing is designed according to the pilot’s exact dimensions.

This enables all sleeved and sleeveless flight jackets, anti-G garments, lightweight coveralls, cold water immersion suits, chemical and biological protection suits, thermal protective layers to be exactly fitted to provide the highest level of protection during flight operations.

Once measurements have been taken, a fit validation is accomplished using established size roll of each garment from a predicted sizing matrix. Once a fit validation is complete the teams at the production facility in Ohio manufacture the bespoke equipment.

Survitec then integrates the fully kitted-out pilot with a F-35 ejection seat to ensure all gear is fitted correctly and works without impediment to flight operations. The kit is fitted accurately and safety to protect the pilot in the event of an emergency ejection from the aircraft.

The PFF has been rolled out at Beaufort MCAS in South Carolina, Luke AFB in Arizona and Lemoore NAS in California. Three more PFFs are scheduled to open mid-2020.

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