Boeing equips P-8 maintenance training centre
Boeing has delivered and installed new training systems at the US Navy's P-8 Maintenance Training Facility at Naval Air Station Jacksonville in Florida, the company announced on 5 May.
The training centre provides maintenance training for the Boeing P-8A Poseidon maritime surveillance aircraft. It has been outfitted with virtual-reality, interactive training systems that deliver high-fidelity simulations based on mission systems software. The centre also has hardware-based trainers, which are full-scale replicas of the Poseidon's components.
The centre now has a total of 14 hardware-based devices, seven virtual maintenance trainers and an ordnance load trainer, which will be used to conduct training on over 1,000 maintenance procedures. Boeing was contracted in 2014 to provide training equipment for the facility.
Robert Powden, department head of the P-8A maintenance training unit, US Navy, said: 'Our new P-8A Maintenance Training Facility will provide the fleet with qualified technicians equipped with the skills and knowledge needed to keep the P-8A aircraft flying for many years to come.'
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